BUSAN, Republic of Korea –
The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) arrived in Busan,
Republic of Korea (ROK) June 27 for a port visit and was welcomed by
Rear Adm. Park Sung-bae, commander of Republic of Korea Flotilla 5
and several members of the Republic of Korea Navy.
A ROK Navy band played while children dressed in traditional Korean
costume presented flower leis to the leadership of the strike group.
The GWCSG, making this port visit to Busan, includes USS George
Washington (CVN 73), embarked staffs Task Force 70 and Destroyer
Squadron 15, embarked Carrier Air Wing 5, USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS
Cowpens (CG 63) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), in total about 6,000 US
The Sailors of the GWCSG plan on spending a few days exploring the
city and learning about the culture and cuisine of Korea. The
Sailors will also give back to the community with several community
service projects in which they will work with ROK community groups
as a way to say thank you for hosting the ships in Busan.
The GWCSG is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is underway in
the 7th Fleet area of operations conducting routine maritime