USS JOHN C. STENNIS, at sea –
Ships from the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) departed
the Republic of Singapore Jan. 30 after a four-day port visit.
Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft
carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the guided-missile cruiser USS
Mobile Bay (CG 53), and guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey (DDG
105) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91), experienced the country’s unique mix
of cultures, volunteered in the local community and hosted more than
1,500 guests aboard the ship for tours and a reception held in
Stennis’ hangar bay.
“The opportunity to visit the Republic of Singapore for us is an
honor and a privilege,” said Capt. Jeff Graf, executive officer of
Stennis. “Our Sailors have been working very hard for several months
and Singapore offers endless opportunities for them to relax and
Sailors also hosted a young-women’s leadership forum for female
students from Nanyang Technological University and Raffles High
“It was such a fulfilling experience to be able to share my
experiences as a female in the military with this group of young
women who will be the future leaders of their country,” said Ensign
Colleen White, an information systems officer aboard Stennis. “They
were intelligent, full of energy, and I hope I inspired them as much
as they did me.”
Upon departure from Singapore, the JCSSG will conduct two days of
theater security cooperation training with the Republic of Singapore
Navy before beginning their return transit to the U.S.
The JCSSG is comprised of Stennis, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW)
9, Mobile Bay, as well as Pinckney, Dewey and guided-missile
destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) from
Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21.