The U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) arrived in Saipan in Northern Mariana Islands for a port visit, Feb. 7.
During the port visit, Bunker Hill Sailors will get the opportunity to experience the local culture, through events sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). One of those events is to a museum, where Sailors will learn about the historical significance of Saipan during WWII.
“This is a great opportunity for the crew to experience a place so rich in history, said Capt. Kurt Sellerberg, commanding officer of Bunker Hill. “Seeing and learning about what was accomplished during the battle of Saipan is something I know my Sailors won’t forget.”
Bunker Hill transited the Pacific Ocean participating in unit-level training since departing its homeport in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 17. Though underway for a short time, Bunker Hill Sailors expressed excitement about the port.
“I’m excited to experience some place new,” said Ensign Lauren E. Castillo. “Visiting new places and seeing things I’ve read about in history books is one of the things I’m looking forward to on deployment.”
Bunker Hill, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific conducting maritime security operations to enhance partnerships and contribute to stability in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
By MC3 Nicholas Huynh, USS Bunker Hill