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From USS Paul Hamilton Public Affairs

HONG KONG (NNS) -- After six months of deployment, USS Paul Hamilton moored in Hong Kong July 31.

With a distinctive regional culture, Hong Kong provides a much-needed change of pace for the ship's crew members.

Several crew members have volunteered for two community relations projects. The projects include helping local children while cleaning up the Hong Chi Pinehill Village as well as painting and restoring the Chan Shan Monastery's grounds. The goals of both projects are to preserve important aspects of China's culture and history while extending goodwill and friendship toward the Chinese people.

"Hong Kong has a very special place in the hearts of U.S. Sailors. We are looking forward to the opportunity to interact with the people of Hong Kong and helping out wherever we can," said Teri McIntyre noted, Paul Hamilton command master chief.

Other events that will take place during this visit include the "Meals in the Home" program sponsored by the American Women's Association. This program allows Sailors the unique experience of visiting and dining with local residents. Families who volunteer to host Sailors include American expatriates and native Hong Kong residents.

Those who have attended such dinners in the past said it was a wonderful chance to see the culture firsthand and experience the hospitality of local families who often give personal tours.

"We support the constructive relationship between the U.S. and China," said Cmdr. Brent Smith, Paul Hamilton commanding officer. "Military engagements, such as our port visit here, continue to build on that positive relationship."

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