YOKSUKA, Japan - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) arrived in Yokosuka, Japan for a goodwill port visit and maintenance availability Oct. 27 to Nov. 3.
The ship’s crew of more than 300 Sailors took advantage of liberty experiencing a new culture and visiting historical sites while enjoying food and history in Yokosuka, Yokohama, Tokyo, and the surrounding areas.
“Our officer’s and crew enjoyed our port visit in Yokosuka,” said Cmdr. Roderick Magee the ship’s executive officer. “This was a great opportunity for our Sailors to get some well earned rest while visiting a country that has been so influential in the Navy’s history.”
Gas Turbine Systems Technician 1st Class Jorge Corbaton, who was previously stationed in Japan was excited to return.
“I have been waiting for this return ever since the day I left Japan in 2009,” said Corbaton. “I absolutely love the delicious food, rich culture and welcoming Japanese people.”
Thus far, Cape St. George has participated in two large exercises during their deployment, Rim of the Pacific 2014 and Valiant Shield 2014. The ship and crew will continue operations with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group while meeting the Navy’s forward presence mission.
Cape St. George, homeported is San Diego, is on deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.