BUSAN, Republic of Korea-- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) moored at the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) Navy Base in Busan for its second scheduled port visit of the Western Pacific Deployment with Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, Mar. 15.
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is also currently moored at the Naval Base in Busan and both ships are scheduled to host ship tours, participate in community outreach and sporting events with the ROK Navy and conduct routine maintenance.
“The crew is thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the Republic of Korea and experience a new culture,” said Cmdr. Jamie D. Hopkins, executive officer of Wayne E. Meyer. “The purpose of this liberty port is to give our crew a chance to relax and enjoy a new country while giving our ship and the Vinson an opportunity to strengthen our partnership with the Republic of Korea.”
Sailors aboard Wayne E. Meyer have expressed their excitement in being able to visit the Republic of Korea.
“The Navy gives Sailors the opportunity to travel to different countries and learn about other cultures,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jonathon Howton, from Germantown, Maryland. “Not everyone gets the chance to see a different country, so I would like our Sailors to get out and experience everything they can while acting as ambassadors for the United States.”
Since leaving Apra Harbor, Guam, Wayne E. Meyer has conducted more than 170 hours of flight operations, sailed more than 5,500 nautical miles through the Western Pacific Ocean, conducted five replenishment-at-seas, three vertical replenishment-at-seas, and conducted routine operations and training with the Republic of Korea Navy.
“I have been impressed with everything the crew has accomplished since we have left Guam,” said Hopkins. “They performed exceptionally well during the bilateral exercise with the ROK Navy where we conducted a variety of training exercises. I believe the exercise was vital to our mission of strengthening our partnership with the ROK Navy as well as giving the crew a chance to practice skills while working alongside a foreign nation.”
After this port visit, Wayne E. Meyer is scheduled to continue patrolling in the Western Pacific alongside the rest of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group
Wayne E. Meyer is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy carrier strike groups have regularly patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific for more than 70 years and will continue to do so. Carl Vinson has deployed to the region several times, starting with a deployment to the Western Pacific in 1983, a year after commissioning. Most recently in 2015, Carl Vinson conducted port visits and exercises with regional navies in the South China Sea.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. Third Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.
This deployment is Wayne E. Meyer’s third deployment to the Western Pacific since being commissioned Oct. 10, 2009 in Philadelphia.
The ship received its name from the late Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, who is regarded as the “Father of Aegis” for his service as the AEGIS weapons system manager and later for his development of the AEGIS shipbuilding project office.
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