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Portland Welcomes U.S. Navy Sailors to Annual Rose Festival
PORTLAND, Ore. (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) along with a Royal Canadian Navy ship and six U.S. Coast Guard cutters, arrived pierside in Portland, Ore., June 3, to celebrate the 103rd Rose Festival.

Throughout the week, Sailors will have an opportunity to enjoy premier events of the festival including the Rose Festival Starlight 5K run and Starlight parade, live music, food, entertainment and various sports competitions among ships.

"We are all excited to be here, and we've heard nothing but good things about Portland," said Ensign Nathan Schmidt, assistant training officer aboard USS Sampson (DDG 102). "I look forward to representing the Navy, and it's important to show our country what the Navy is all about."

The Portland visit offers the public an opportunity to tour the ships and meet Sailors as they showcase their ship's capabilities.

"It is my first time visiting this city, and I am very excited to participate in all the festivities going on this week," said Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW/SCW) Nicole Anderson, command career counselor USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). "I can't wait to show the community our support, see a new city and learn about the city's rich history."

Navy warships have been coming to the City of Roses since USS Charleston's visit in 1907 and are considered a highlight of the festival.
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