OTARU, Japan (NNS) The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) completed its port visit to Otaru, Japan, Feb. 7.
During McCampbell’s time in port, the ship hosted tours for distinguished visitors and participated in sporting events with local residents. Sailors also, volunteered at the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival.
“We sincerely appreciated the hospitality and warm welcome we received,” said Cmdr. Ed Angelinas, commanding officer of McCampbell. “We are grateful for the opportunity to experience the local culture and participate in the festivals with the people of Otaru.”
Once the ship moored in port, McCampbell leadership attended welcome meetings hosted by the Honorable Hideaki Morii, mayor of Otaru, Mr. Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, chief of Otaru Police Department, Mr. Hideaki Yamamoto, chairperson of Otaru Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Capt. Kenji Moribe, commander, Otaru Coast Guard Office.
The warm welcome continued when the Sailors were invited to a Welcome Reception hosted by the Otaru Japan Self-Defense Force Supporters Association.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Otaru and Sapporo,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Ambrosio Maddagan, from Honolulu, Hawaii. “I will not forget the amazing sights and I hope to come back with my family.”
McCampbell is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and visited Otaru as part of a routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.