PEARL CITY, Hawaii - Fourteen Sailors and Marines from the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) visited a Pearl City, Hawaii, elementary school, Nov. 21, to lend a hand during a scheduled two-day port visit to the "Aloha State."
The Nov. 21-23 port visit was the first stop for the ship, which departed its homeport of San Diego, Nov. 14, for a scheduled deployment in support of the Navy's Maritime Strategy.
While in Hawaii, the ship's chaplain, Lt. Paul Armstrong, set up an opportunity for New Orleans' Sailors and Marines to help out Pearl City Elementary School with painting and gardening.
Armstrong said the team did some much needed priming around different parts of the school in preparation for painting. Additionally, USS New Orleans Sailors and Marines performed landscaping and gardening work to improve the overall appearance of the school.
"It's important when we visit ports to show the Navy spirit of friendship and camaraderie," said Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Krystal Pennock. "Being able to help out, even just a little bit, goes a long way."
After their work was done, the Sailors and Marines had a chance to meet and talk with the kids of the school and the staff, who expressed gratitude for the work that they did.
New Orleans deployed in support of the Navy's Maritime Strategy, along with the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), which make up the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
Commissioned in 2007, New Orleans is the second of the San Antonio-class transport dock ships. Its warfighting capabilities include a state-of-the-art command and control suite, substantially increased vehicle lift capacity, a large flight deck, and advanced ship survivability features that enhance its ability to operate in the littoral environment.
The mission of the Makin Island ARG is to help provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the seas and provide humanitarian/disaster response as well as supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.