SINGAPORE - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) hosted Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, while pierside in Sembawang, Singapore, Jan. 22.
Harris toured the ship with Commanding Officer Cmdr. Daniel Cobian and Command Master Chief Greg Radel, spoke with Sailors and thanked them for the work they are doing on Spruance's maiden overseas deployment.
"Deploying our most capable ships to this region is a key component of our strategic rebalance to the Pacific," said Harris. "As one of our newest destroyers in the fleet, I could not be more pleased with the performance of the Spruance crew during their first 100 days of deployment."
Harris personally commended one of the ship's small boat crews, who recently recovered a civilian mariner who had fallen overboard from a Malaysian-flagged tanker in the Singapore Strait.
"The crew did a tremendous job rescuing a mariner in distress hours before pulling into Singapore. They were able to do that because they were ready and because the ship was deployed here to the Asia-Pacific, where our persistent presence matters," said Harris.
Lt. j.g. Katherine Miyamasu, the boat officer during the recovery, stated, "It was humbling to meet Admiral Harris. The Boat Crew and I told him that on that particular day, we were just doing our job, doing what we were trained to do. The fact he shook our hands brought home its significance."
Spruance is on its maiden deployment to the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.