US, Singapore Leaders Tour USS Fort Worth

U.S. Pacific Command Fleet Master Chief Mark Rudes visited Singapore for a Senior Enlisted Leaders (SEL) exchange with the Master Chief of the Singapore Navy April 15-17.

The event was part of an SEL exchange program that began in Singapore last fall. During the visit, Rudes joined senior enlisted leaders from Commander Task Force (CTF) 73 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 and met with Military Expert (ME) 6 Phui Peng Sim and RSN senior enlisted to enhance the longstanding relationship between both navies.

The group toured the waterfront at Republic of Singapore’s Changi Naval Base (CNB) and spoke with elite members of the Singapore Naval Diving Unit in Sembawang. Sim expressed his appreciation for opportunities to foster interaction on all levels throughout the year, such as the annual bilateral naval exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore.

While at CNB, the group also visited the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) while moored there as part of her 16-month rotational deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet. During the tour, Command Senior Chief Craig Cole discussed Fort Worth’s deployment since departing her homeport in San Diego last November.

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