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140410-N-CG241-081 OSAKA, Japan (April 10, 2014) - Capt. John Banigan (left), commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), speaks to local media about Lake Erie’s port visit to Osaka. Lake Erie is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class  Mackenzie P. Adams/ Released)
USS Lake Erie Visits Osaka 
By Ensign Austin Kim, USS Lake Erie Public Affairs 
OSAKA, Japan – Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) arrives in Osaka, Japan for a scheduled port visit April 10.

The visit is designed to strengthen maritime partnerships with Japan and to enhance community relations with the city of Osaka.

“This isn’t just a port visit for Lake Erie, it's a reflection of our commitment to a bilateral union between the U.S. and Japan,” said Capt. John Banigan, Lake Erie’s commanding officer.

While in Osaka Sailors will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of community service projects and tours.

“I’ve always wanted to travel to Osaka,” said Sonar Technichian (Surface) 1st Class Ronald Winfrey. “I love Japan and I’ve heard that Osaka is a unique city with exceptional local dishes.”

Lake Erie is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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