Shiloh Bids Farewell to Hakodate Following 160-Year Friendship Celebration 
Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marissa Valentine, USS Shiloh Public Affairs  
HAKODATE, Japan - Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) departed Hakodate after a port visit to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s visit in 1854.

On the last day of Shiloh’s visit, Commanding Officer, Capt. Kurush F. Morris participated in two wreath laying ceremonies: one to honor two fallen Sailors from Commodore Perry’s ship, and another at Commodore Perry Square.

“Today we honored Commodore Perry by not only laying wreaths to pay our respects, but also to pay tribute to his efforts in building an alliance between Japan and the U.S., a strong partnership in the region that continues today," said Morris.

After respects were paid, the ceremony concluded with a blast from a ceremonial cannon.

As the Shiloh cleared Hakodate Bay, Sailors and Midshipmen manned the rails to render honors as they passed the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Suzunami (DD 114).

“It is an honor to be here to represent the Navy and interact with our allies,” said Midshipmen 1st Class, Sarah Bernhardt of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Shiloh is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operation supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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