SYDNEY, Australia – Arleigh
Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in
Sydney, Australia, for a scheduled port visit June 27.
According to Mustin’s Command Master
Chief (SW/AW) Rachel C. Costello, the ship is visiting Sydney to
work with the Royal Australian Navy and cultivate the bond between
the two forces.
“We are visiting Sydney to continue to foster the relationship
between the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. The
Royal Australian Navy has been one of our biggest supporters
throughout the history of both nations, so this is our opportunity
to continue to foster our capabilities,” said Costello.
For many crewmembers this is their first time visiting Australia and
they will have the opportunity to go on several sightseeing tours
and will be volunteering at a children’s hospital while in Sydney.
“The crew will be enjoying their much deserved port visit. For most
of the crew this is their first time in Australia. They are very
excited and looking forward to the culture and the people of
Australia, and we’ll also be involved with a few community service
projects,” Costello said.
Sailors will also have the chance to meet some of their Australian
counterparts in a few friendly sporting events, including soccer and
basketball, over the next few days.
Costello said that it’s vital for Sailors to see different parts of
the world so they appreciate what it has to offer, and Sydney will
be a great chance to experience another country and culture.
“It’s important for Sailors to experience other countries so they
expand their knowledge of the world and appreciate different
cultures and people, and seeing the world is what many Sailors
joined the Navy for,” said Costello. “It’s a great opportunity for
our friends in Australia to see our Sailors as ambassadors for our
country, and the crew will be able to see a culture they wouldn’t
normally get to experience.”
Mustin is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to
Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan.