USS Antietam Arrives in Ishikari Japan
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​180621-N-VI515-0027 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 21, 2018) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) pulls alongside the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during a fueling at sea. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erwin Jacob V. Miciano/Released)

ISHIKARI, Japan (NNS) – The forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) arrived for a port visit to Ishikari, Japan, Feb. 3. During Antietam's time in port, the ship will meet with local officials and citizens, and the crew will enjoy sightseeing and the festivities at the 70th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival.

During Antietam’s time in port, the ship will meet with local officials and citizens, and the crew will enjoy sightseeing and the festivities at the 70th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival.

“Antietam is grateful for the opportunity to be hosted by the city of Ishikari Wan. We look forward to exploring the city as well as enjoying the Sapporo Snow Festival,” said Capt. George Kessler, Antietam’s commanding officer. “Visits like this deepen the bonds between our people and strengthen the alliance at the individual level.”

Antietam is a part of Battle Force Seventh Fleet and routinely operates throughout the Western Pacific on independent operations and as part of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group. The ship and the crew are forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

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