Nimitz Sailors Serve Community in Malaysia
USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) volunteered to paint and clean up a retirement home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 10.
Sailors spent the morning talking with residents and painting the exterior of the Wesleyan Home, a retirement home for senior citizens funded by donations from Wesleyan Church congregations around the city.
"Sailors like to be involved with projects like these for a number of reasons," said Lt. Richard
Roe, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 chaplain and project coordinator. "For one it gives them an alternative to shopping or sightseeing, but also it gives them an opportunity to help others and set a good example of what Sailors do."
"I like being involved in these projects because it's always good to do something nice for someone else," said Yeoman 3rd Class Arkeisha McGee. "I'm glad that we get the opportunity to contribute to the community."
In addition to painting the Wesleyan Home, Nimitz Sailors were also involved in six additional community service projects in the Kuala Lumpur area during the four-day port visit. The projects were organized with help from the Rotary Club of Pantai Valley.
"What we do is connect the Sailors to the projects," said Rotary Club member Ivan Paul Christie. "We get in touch with the groups through the Navy attaché and coordinate places where Sailors are needed."
Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is on a routine deployment in the region.
Nimitz CSG is comprised of Nimitz, embarked CVW 11, embarked Destroyer Squadron 23, and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65). Ships assigned to DESRON 23 include the destroyers USS Pinckney (DDG 91), USS Sampson (DDG 102) and the frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46).
Squadrons from CVW 11 include the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron 41, the "Tophatters" of VFA 14, the "Warhawks" of VFA 97, the "Sidewinders" of VFA 86, the "Indians" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 6, the "Black Ravens" of Electronic Attack Squadron 135, the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 and the "Wallbangers" of Carrier Airborne Command and Control Squadron 117.
Helicopter detachments include the "Easy Riders" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light 37, the "Battle Cats" of HSL 43, the "Wolfpack" of HSL 45, the "Scorpions" of HSL 49 and the "Wildcards" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23. Also accompanying the Nimitz CSG are Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 and the USNS Bridge.