USS Curts welcomed in Saipan
Saipan (NNS) -- USS Curts (FFG 38) departed Saipan April 9 after a four-day port visit on the tropical island in the Northern Marianas Islands, where the crew enjoyed the beautiful beaches, historical sites and community relations projects.
Curts arrived pierside in the port city of Garapan to the welcoming sound of traditional music paired with a performance by a local dance troupe. Throughout the course of the port visit, the local government, port authority, and armed forces committee graciously hosted Curts and her Sailors, providing recreational events, transportation, and a reception at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post on the final night in port.
One of the newest members of the local VFW is Cmdr. Yvette Davis, Curts commanding officer. Davis said the people of Saipan were very hospitable.
"Curts' visit to Saipan was phenomenal. The entire crew was met with such warmth and hospitality by the people of Saipan," Davis said. "They are so proud of their island, its heritage and historical significance, and invited us to share and experience in their quiet island life."
Many of Curts' Sailors took the time in port to relax, spending time at one of the island's many beaches, or teeing off at a waterfront golf course. Those with a more adventurous spirit took advantage of the great scuba diving Saipan has to offer, with numerous dive sites including reefs, wrecks, and a network of underwater caves that begins in a popular swimming hole known as "The Grotto."
Thirty-one Sailors volunteered their time improving the infrastructure of a local high school during a two-day project converting an old classroom into a textbook depository.
Davis said the high school officials showed much appreciation for the assistance.
"They seemed so touched by and thankful for the Navy's desire to help their school and their kids," Davis said. "It was so apparent how important these (community relations) projects are. Not just for the personal satisfaction gained by our Sailors, but in seeing first hand how much help, hope and opportunity we can offer to those around us."
For many of the crew, this was their first overseas port visit in the Navy and it was one they will never forget.
"Curts leaves Saipan energized by the adventures we experienced while exploring the island and her gorgeous waters and by the relationships we developed with individual people during our stay," Davis said.
Curts' Sailors visited sites of historical significance that links Saipan to U.S. Armed Forces during World War II before they departed.
Curts is on a scheduled deployment to the 5th Fleet area of operations with the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group in support of Maritime Security Operations. Story Number: NNS080414-01 Release Date: 4/14/2008 1:23:00 PM