by Ensign Kara J. Herman, Cowpens’ Public Affairs Officer
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) arrived in Singapore for a port visit Oct. 13.
“We are very fortunate to be able to visit Singapore as often as we do,” said Capt. Robert Marin, Cowpens’ commanding officer. “The citizens of Singapore have always made us feel welcome, and we look forward to once again enjoying the culture and friendship that the city has always given us.”
The crew and officers of the “Mighty Moo” plan on enjoying everything the city has to offer, as well as taking advantage of the various Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted tours. The Sailors will also give back to the community with a visit to a local elementary school where they will spend time with the students playing games and sports, and enjoy lunch together.
USS 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.