BUSAN, Republic of Korea - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a port visit Sept. 29.
This visit to Busan is the first for Cowpens in almost three years.
“We are very fortunate to be able to visit such a wonderful nation,” said Capt. Robert Marin, Cowpens’ commanding officer. “The citizens of the Republic of Korea have always made our visits warm and hospitable, and we look forward to once again sharing in an exchange of culture and friendship during this visit.”
The crew and officers of the “Mighty Moo” plan on enjoying everything the city has to offer, as well as expanding their knowledge of Korea with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted tours. The Sailors will also give back to the community with a visit to a senior citizen home where they will spend time with residents, and help clean up the surrounding area.
Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is underway in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting routine maritime operations.
Operating in the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean, the U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets, covering 48 million square miles, with approximately 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft, and 40,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any time.