By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) N. Ross Taylor, USS Cowpens (CG 63) Public Affairs
HONG KONG - Sailors from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) visited students at the Kowloon Sam Yuk School during a community service (COMSERV) project Nov. 11..
"I love going to these projects,” said Gunner’s Mate Seaman Chantall Knibb, a native of St. Louis. “It gives us a chance to show our gratitude to the people of the foreign nations we visit.”
Eleven volunteers from Cowpens participated in classroom discussions, sharing their experiences in the Navy with more than 50 students. The students challenged the Sailors to a friendly game of ping pong.
“Community service projects are about outreach and globally coming together,” said Lt. Tae Kim, Cowpens’ command chaplain and COMSERV coordinator. “Today we had a chance to do that with a great group of students from the Sam Yuk School. It was awesome to see our Sailors and the students learn more about each other’s cultures as well as share different experiences.”
The Sailors and students got to work on projects together. The students presented presentations of their favorite holiday in English to the Sailors. Each Sailor joined a group of about five or six students and worked with them on proper English grammar.
“This was my first opportunity to attend and volunteer at a COMSERV,” said Quartermaster Seaman Chelsey Hammer, from Rockford, Ill. “It was a great experience. Not only did we get to enjoy the sights of the city on liberty, but we got to really connect with the people of Hong Kong. I will definitely do it again.”
Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is underway in the 7th Fleet area of operations conducting routine maritime operations.