PORT KLANG, Malayasia - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), making the first stop of its current patrol, arrived in Port Klang, June 3.
Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to interact with local residents through community service projects and experience the country's unique culture by touring landmarks and trying new foods.
"I am looking forward to new experiences and sights I would never have seen otherwise," said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Deondre Graham. "We're very fortunate as a crew to see so many places."
The planned events include painting a mural and assisting with maintenance at a home for the underprivileged and delivering books to children at refugee schools with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
"Our visit to Malaysia gives our Sailors the chance to experience one of the exotic cities of the world," said Lt. Donald Baker, Blue Ridge Chaplain. "And its also an opportunity to serve some people who are truly in need."
The Blue Ridge has maintained a presence in South Indo-Asia Pacific region for 33 years, strengthening allied ties through community service projects and conducting joint military exercises with regional nations.