USS Nimitz Hosts Reception

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) hosted a reception May 11 for local dignitaries aboard the ship upon its arrival to Busan, Republic of Korea.

Representatives from the Republic of Korea (ROK) military and several community leaders attended the event, along with Rear Adm. Michael D. White, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, Rear Adm. Bill McQuilkin, commander U.S. Naval Forces Korea, and Capt. Jeff S. Ruth, commanding officer, USS Nimitz.

Both White and Ruth welcomed the military and community leaders aboard and introduced Vice Adm. Jong Ho-sub, commander, Republic of Korea fleet.

Ho-sub, reciprocated the welcoming comments, and spoke of the relationship between the Republic of Korea and United States.

“This year has a special significance since this marks the 60th anniversary of the ROK – U.S. alliance,” said Ho-sub. “However, the relationship between both countries predates 60 years and the reason for that is because the U.S. Navy has helped the ROK Navy start and has been the role model for it ever since.”

Ho-sub also directed comments at the friendship the two nations share, along with his well wishes for Sailors’ and Marines’ stay in the Republic of Korea.

“I am sincerely proud of the strong and solid relationship between the ROK and U.S. Navy and hope this relationship lasts everlastingly,” said Ho-sub. “Although the duration of the visit is short, I sincerely hope all of you make cherished memories to bring back home.”

CSG11 is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. The 7th Fleet area of responsibility covers more than 48 million square miles and extends from the International Date Line to the Western Indian Ocean.

Press Release, May 13, 2013