BUSAN, Republic of Korea – The guided missile destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG 88) arrived in Busan, ROK, May 11 for her first international port visit of her 2013 deployment to the 7th Fleet area of operations.
The term “working port” so aptly described Preble’s recent port visit to Busan, Republic of Korea. Right from the start, CASREP parts were craned on from the pier and the Engineers from Main Propulsion wasted no time installing a 500 pound Sea Water Cooling Strainer and replacing leaking piping with the help of some fine weld-work from the HT’s.
Ship repairs weren’t the only thing that Preble sailors were engaged in, as 10 of our own “worked” to improve foreign relations and lift the spirits of the children currently residing at a Busan Orphanage the Sunday after pulling in. “They told us that the kids might be reserved,” said ENS Weeks of the experience. “So we got there and they were reserved…for all of about 5 seconds.” After a quick introduction, the kids wasted no time climbing on, wrestling and playing with our Preble Warriors.
Alas, seeming to end as soon as it began, Preble pulled away on Monday for some joint operations with the Korean Navy, working together in coordinated cohesion with our allies to showcase both our countries’ military prowess and skill. (And to steam in formation for some great photos too!)