YOKOSUKA, JAPAN – Sailors from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) assisted in hosting Ikego Friendship day at Ikego Base May 12.
Four volunteers from Cowpens included Sailors and some of their family members who helped set up a Cowpens booth with baked goods for sale in support of the Cowpens Family Readiness Group (FRG). Yeoman 2nd Class Chris Lassiter also wore a cow costume in support of the event.
“I was very impressed with how the FRG and Cowpens Sailors came together and ran a successful booth at the Ikego Friendship Day Festival,” said Lassiter. “I really enjoyed interacting with the Ikego residents and the locals.”
The Sailors spent the day exploring a variety of American and Japanese venues. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation stage was host to many varieties of dancers and well received by the attendees. A very popular stand belonged to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team, who provided a bomb suit to wear and bomb disposal robots to drive.
“It was a great day. All the Japanese and American venues were really well done,” said Engineman 1st Class Joseph White. “It was very well organized and our Family Readiness Group was on point.”
Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and is currently in port.