US navy vessels dock at Phuket Port

8 Oct 2012

Two US naval vessels arrived in Phuket earlier today to give their crews a spot of rest and recuperation. The USS Mobile Bay and the USS John C Stennis will be here until Thursday and their combined crews of 5,300 will be enjoying the island’s charms in rotating shifts until then. 

US rear admiral Charles Gaouette gave a media conference just after the vessels had anchored in which he said servicemen and women would be allowed ashore in groups of around 1,700 for each day the ships are here. He added that there were no restrictions on which locations on Phuket the crew members could visit.

The rear admiral continued by saying the ships had just visited Borneo and that they had been cordially welcomed when they arrived at Phuket. He finished with the hope that the US service personnel would gain insights into this attractive region of Thailand and the people living in it.

Next year is the anniversary of 180 years of US-Thai diplomatic relations. A naval spokesperson on board the Stennis said sailors would be marking the forthcoming anniversary by helping repair a Phuket orphanage battered during recent rain storms. The navy will also provide provisions and treats for the orphans.

Local media sources say that after the R&R break in Phuket the two naval vessels are heading to the Middle East. The Stennis is a state-of-the-art nuclear-powered supercarrier which took its name from a one-time US senator, while the Mobile Bay is a support ship and guided-missile cruiser.

The 1Stop Phuket travel guide offers concrete evidence as to why the southern Thai island is one of the most popular tourism hotspots in Southeast Asia.  

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