HONG KONG - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) arrived in Hong Kong, Nov. 9, for a port visit.
In addition to participating in community service projects, more than 40 Cowpens Sailors will experience the hospitality of 15 families who will host them in their homes and at local restaurants for lunch or dinner through the "Meals in the Home" program.
"Meals in the Home" is an exchange program designed to connect U.S. families living in Hong Kong with U.S. Navy Sailors to enjoy a bit of home, even when they are so far away.
More than 20 Sailors have volunteered to spend their liberty time interacting with the students at the Kowloon Sam Yuk School during a community service project. The Sailors will assist teachers, have conversations with the students in English and share some of their cultural differences and experiences.
The crew will also have the opportunity to experience Hong Kong through Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours like a cultural heritage tour, an ocean park tour, a “Harbor Night” cruise and a “Summit to Sea” mountain bike excursion.
"Hong Kong is a favorite port of many of our Sailors, one rich with culture and history," said Cowpens Command Master Chief Bryan Hawkins, a native of Oakland, Calif. "Over the next few days, our Sailors will enjoy the warm hospitality and vibrant city landscapes this international city so proudly embraces. We look forward to creating new and lasting friendships while participating in community service projects and while on liberty."
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.