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USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group docks in Singapore

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Stephen Carlson
The USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier, which arrived in Singapore for a port visit on Saturday, is seen steaming in the Pacific. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connor Loessin/USS John C. Stennis/U.S. Navy
The USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier, which arrived in Singapore for a port visit on Saturday, is seen steaming in the Pacific. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connor Loessin/USS John C. Stennis/U.S. Navy

Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and surface combatants from it's carrier strike group docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore Nov. 24th for a scheduled port visit.

The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Mobile Bay and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Spruance will be docked as well, according to the U.S. Navy.

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The visit to "the Lion City" by assets of the John C. Stennis CSG lets the crew enjoy the bustling port city dynamic ports in the world and build relations, the Navy said in a press release.

"Every Sailor in Carrier Strike Group 3 is excited and grateful for the opportunity to visit Singapore," said Rear Adm. Mike Wettlaufer, commander of the carrier strike group.

"In addition to this opportunity to enhance our partnership with the Republic of Singapore Navy, the diverse food options, recreational and entertainment activities, and chance to experience local cultures make this an ideal place for our team to enjoy some well-deserved rest," Wettlaufer said.

CSG 3 had recently completed a dual-carrier exercise with the USS Ronald Reagan strike group. Other components to CSG 3 include Carrier Air Wing 9 and Destroyer Squadron 21, headquarters onboard the Stennis.

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The USS John C. Stennis is a Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a wing of 70 or more planes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles. Its strike group is composed of destroyers, cruisers, support ships and typically one or two submarines, though the Navy rarely publicizes the locations of its submarines.

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