SYDNEY, Australia - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrived in Sydney for a port visit, Aug. 14.
"The Sailors for the first time in a while have a chance to go to a port where they felt like they're home," said Lassen's Command Master Chief Jason Haka. "Australia is one of our closest partners. It truly is great how much we have been welcomed here."
Lassen Sailors will participate in community service projects and activities, including a softball game with locals and a visit to the Westmead Children's Hospital.
Sailors will also be able to experience the many attractions Sydney has to offer such as a haunted park, Sydney Opera House tour, and Bondi Beach Surfing provided by the ships recreational services.
Lassen, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and part of Destroyer Squadron 15, is on patrol in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.