DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
– Guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) concluded a four-day port visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 17.
After six weeks at sea, Cape St. George Sailors experienced the culture and relaxed during a port visit to Dubai.
During the visit, Sailors toured some of the cultural and historical sights of Dubai sponsored by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) committee. Tours offered Sailors opportunities to sand ski, ride a camel, tour an ancient fortress, visit carpet markets and see Dubai’s skyscrapers.
“Dubai was a great port visit, from seeing Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world at over 2,700 feet, to relaxing at the Jumeirah Beach,” said Ensign Maya Cuevas, communications officer on Cape St. George. “I saw many attractions I won’t ever forget.”
MWR afforded the Sailors an opportunity to learn and grow their appreciation for a culture rich in tradition. One tour took Sailors to the golden sand dunes of Arabia, where they were able to ride on a camel and eat a local buffet dinner. Sailors also visited the Jumeirah Mosque and Dubai Museum.
“I went on the sunset safari tour. We rode in four-wheel drive vehicles over sand dunes, ate an amazing buffet, rode camels and watched the sunset over the sand dunes” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Ilan J. Saulnier.
“The last time I was in Dubai was 14 years ago. It’s amazing to see how much the city has grown,” said Lt. Cmdr. James P. Drew, the executive officer on Cape St. George. “I definitely look forward to visiting Dubai again.”
Cape St. George is currently deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 which also includes aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 ships, guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104). CSG 9 is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.