USS CHAFEE (DDG 90) visits Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia – Sailors on the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) pulled into the beautiful city of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a four-day port visit on May 31 to June 3. The purpose of this visit was to build upon the friendly relations that the United States and Royal Malaysian Navies share.
The Sailors aboard the Chafee were able to practice tactical maneuvering, flag signals and communication with the Royal Malaysian Navy during a maneuvering exercise. They also participated in an indoor soccer sporting event. The final score was diplomatically assessed by the Malaysian Sailors to be thirteen to thirteen.
The Chafee Sailors participated in a community service and relations project, bringing joy to local Malaysian orphans in the city. About thirty-five volunteers interacted during quality time with the children from the Taska & Tadika Suausindak Penampang orphanage. The volunteers landscaped, painted, and played with the children for an entire day. All the participants shared the enjoyment of the community service project and knew they were making a difference in the lives of the Malaysian orphans and the community. “I really enjoyed dancing and singing with these children,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Nicholas Josshua.
The crew took advantage of a variety of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours during their visit. MWR
offered a city tour, island day tour, spa treatment and much more. According to Ens. Marek Jestrab, the MWR coordinator, this port was an overall success for the Sailors, for Chafee, and for the U.S. Navy. "It was truly just a great port visit for everyone," said Jestrab.
The Sailors in Chafee opened the doors of the ship to the Royal Malaysian Navy Sailors. Approximately 100 Malaysian sailors enjoyed a tour of the USS Chafee, a gesture that was exchanged when 20 sailors from USS Chafee toured RMN ship KD Kedah. The Chafee Sailors were impressed with the attention to detail and hospitality of the Royal Malaysian Navy.
The Sailors of Chafee remarked Kota Kinabalu was one of the best ports that they had visited while deployed because of the friendliness and hospitality of the residents of Kota Kinabalu.
USS Chafee is an Aegis Guided Missile destroyer home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as part of Destroyer Squadron 31. USS Chafee is currently deployed to South East Asia in support of Commander Task Force 70 operations.