VICTORIA, British Columbia (NNS) — The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) visited Victoria, British Columbia, June 13 to June 16 to support community relations in the area.
While in port, Nimitz Sailors participated in a variety of activities, including a reception held for civilian and military dignitaries, community service projects and sporting events with their Canadian allies.
The reception, held Saturday evening, brought together civilian and military leaders from both nations. “I thank you for your warm welcome and for your enduring partnership,” said Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, commander, Carrier Strike Group 11 during the reception. “As partnering nations we have shared many successes between our countries. Our nations have a long and enduring history of shared duties and sacrifice around the world, and I think we’re equally blessed to have hard working and dedicated professional men and women who serve in uniform.”
Different speakers, including Consul General Anne Callagan, consulate general of the United States, Vancouver, Canada, and Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. William Truelove, commander, Maritime Forces Pacific, repeatedly highlighted the long history of cooperation between the two countries throughout the event.
“It’s through port visits like these that we have the opportunity to showcase to Canadians and Americans alike the long-standing and deep partnership that our navies share,” said Truelove. “We get to increase the awareness of the role that we share in the defense and the security of our great nations.”
Nimitz Sailors also competed with Sailors from the Royal Canadian Navy in softball and basketball. They also went into the community of Victoria to participate in community relations projects, including a beach cleanup, teatime with Canadian veterans and donated time at a homeless shelter.
“We had a great time helping out,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Lauren Perry. “It was an incredible experience.”
The two nations have partnered in numerous multinational exercises, including Rim of the Pacific exercises, task group exercises and Trident Fury.