USS Cape St. George (CG 71) visits Mexico for port visit
MAZATLAN, Mexico – The Ticonderoga class guided-missile Cruiser Cape St. George (CG 71) arrived in Mazatlán, Mexico for a scheduled goodwill and friendship building port visit Sept. 24.
During the visit the ship participated in several community outreach events at a local orphanage, hosted government and military officials onboard, and enjoyed the local hospitality of Mazatlán.
“The crew has been looking forward to this port visit for weeks” said Capt. Rome Ruiz, commanding officer of Cape St. George. “Mazatlán is a beautiful and truly hospitable city,”
The U.S. Consulate General Hermosilla, Governor of Sinaloa, Mayor of Mazatlán, and Vicealmirante CG. Dem. Francisco Limas Lopez Comandante de la Cuarta Zona naval visited the ship for a reception. At the reception, Mexican officials and the ship further strengthened the strong working relationship and partnership that the U.S. Navy has with the Mexican Navy.
Also attending the reception was one of Cape St. George’s Mexican-American Petty Officers, Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Third Class Otoniel Cisneros
“This was a wonderful experience to tie together both cultures that mean so much to me,” Cisneros said.
The command’s Chaplain, Lieutenant Jim Campbell, led members of the crew in a community outreach event to “Cuidad de Los Niños,” an orphanage in Mazatlán. The crew delivered donations from Project Handclasp and spent their time painting, cleaning, and interacting with the children.
Cape St. George is a multi-mission, guided-missile cruiser designed to operate in multi- threat air, surface and sub-surface threat environments and is assigned to Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F). C3F leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the International Date Line.