KURE, Japan - USS Mustin (DDG 89) moored at the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) base Kure, after traveling more than 400 miles from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
The port visit to Kure is scheduled to be the 1st of many port-of-calls during Mustin’s patrol in the Western Pacific Ocean.
“The reason we’re visiting Kure is to strengthen our ties with our theater security co-operation partners, the JMSDF,” said Master Chief Rachel Costello, Command Master Chief of USS Mustin. “We don’t get the opportunity to visit Kure frequently, so when we get the chance we try to take advantage of it.”
The JMSDF is one of many naval forces that participates in numerous exercises with the U.S. Navy such as the upcoming Annual Exercise 2011. While in port Mustin Sailors will also directly impact the local community by participating in a community service project.
“In port we’re going to be cleaning up a Japanese Imperial Navy cemetery,” said Chief Logistics Specialist (SW/AW) Clyde Maarat, Community Service Project Coordinator. “The turn-out from the crew has been pretty good our sign-up list is nearly filled.”
The community service project isn’t the only local involvement that Sailors will participate in as Mustin’s sister ship JS Sazanami (DD 113) has invited Mustin Sailors to unwind over a game of soccer with them.
“I think it’s going to be not only fun but a great event,” said Lt. J.g. Tim Cox, Mustin’s Administrative Officer. “It’s going to be a very friendly match but it’s definitely going to be a challenge, however I think we still have a good chance of winning.”
The port visit to Kure marks the 1st visit by USS Mustin since June of 2010.