From Paul Hamilton Public Affairs HONG KONG (NNS)
-- USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) departed Hong Kong after a four-day port visit Aug. 4.
The crew participated in a variety of community relations events including cleaning the grounds of Pine Hill School and Po Tang Home for the Aged of Cham Shan Monastery.
Sailors also participated in the "Meals in the Home" program and joined local families in their homes for prepared meals.
"My sponsor family welcomed me into their home for the best Chinese meal I have ever had," said Seaman Kinsley Joseph. "It was an amazing opportunity to truly interact and experience more of the Chinese culture."
Encouraged by their experiences, Joseph and his shipmates said they eagerly await the opportunity to participate in the "Meals in the Home" program in the future.
On the evening of Aug. 3, officers and chief petty officers from the ship attended a reception hosted by the American Club of Hong Kong. Liaison officers from the U.S. consulate representing each branch of the U.S. military also attended.
"It was a great opportunity to interact with our counterparts, enjoy great food and a magnificent view," said Lt. Gary Tincher from Paul Hamilton.
In addition to the reception, the club opened their top-of-the-line facilities to the entire crew of Paul Hamilton during their stay in Hong Kong, including all recreational facilities and gathering areas.
After four days of exploration, cultural immersion and community service, Paul Hamilton Sailors were given a warm farewell by the American Club and the "Meals in the Home" families as a sign of gratitude and camaraderie.
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