GOA, India (NNS) -- The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Goa, India, for a port visit, July 29.
The visit is aimed at building friendship and goodwill between the U.S. Navy and the people of India.
The Frank Cable team, consisting of more than 500 Sailors and civilian mariners, is currently on deployment to provide vital flexibility to the fleet commanders, extending the range and impact of U.S. naval forces.
The port visit will allow Frank Cable Sailors and Military Sealift Command mariners to enjoy some rest and relaxation and allow them to experience India's rich culture on trips coordinated by Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
"This port visit is an excellent opportunity to interact with our counterparts in the Indian Navy, and enjoy the culture and heritage of one of the world's oldest civilizations and largest democracy," said Capt. Drew St. John, Frank Cable's commanding officer. "Through our varied interactions we hopefully will create, with India, the defining partnership of the 21st century."
Besides the tours and interacting with navy counterparts, Sailors will give up personal time to participate in community service projects sponsored by the ship's religious ministries department.
"Community service projects are an important part of establishing healthy partnerships between the U.S. and our host nations," said Frank Cable's Command Master Chief Paul Sweeney. "Sailors play an important part when they experience other cultures and act as ambassadors for the Navy and the United States."