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Reception Onboard USS Carl Vinson

“In today’s world of global transition, people are asking about U.S. commitment to the region and to our world, I think we can look around this deck tonight and know the answer. Carl Vinson first operated in the South China Sea in 1983, and it continues to sail in these waters close to 35 years later.” – Charge d’Affaires, ad interim, U.S. Embassy Singapore Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath.

 

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group One including their aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit on Tuesday, April 4. The carrier was first deployed to the Indo-Asia Pacific region in 1983. Navy Leaguers were among the few privileged, including U.S. Embassy staff and Ambassadors, on board the carrier for a reception, followed by a tour by the crew.

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The ceremony began with a demonstration by the color guard followed by the national anthems of both Singapore and the United States. Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander, Carrier Strike Group 1, and Capt. Doug Verissimo, commanding officer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); Fleet Commander, Singapore Fleet Commander Colonel Cheong Kwok Chien; Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. Nora Tyson; and Charge d’Affaires, ad interim, U.S. Embassy Singapore Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath took the stage to address the guests on board.

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During their speeches, they highlighted the fact that it was the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Singapore Navy. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath also took the opportunity to celebrate the 51st year of diplomatic relationship between Singapore and the United States, and that we will continue to maintain the strong partnership.

After a ceremonial cake cutting, guests enjoyed food specially prepared by the crew, took a tour of the ship’s hangar bay and experienced the aircraft elevators, under the blanket of stars.

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The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Singapore on April 8 sailing north to report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean.