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Information Fair Prepares George Washington Sailors for Annual Patrol
YOKOSUKA, Japan – More than 3,000 Sailors and their families turned out for USS George Washington’s (CVN 73) annual information fair May 16. The event provides necessary information for services that may be needed by Sailors and their families when George Washington returns to sea for its annual patrol.

GW Sailors Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage
YOKOSUKA — Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) took time to celebrate the heritage of Asian-American and Pacific Islander crewmembers as the ship hosted a special ceremony honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 13.

George Washington Crew, Family Members Donate Blankets to Japan
YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 10, 2011) – Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) joined forces with members of the Free Masons of Japan to box up and ship out donated blankets to those in need May 10.

USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 19, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) returned to the ship’s forward operating port of Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka after almost exactly one month at sea, April 20.

GW Sailors Stay on Top of Warfare Quals
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 18, 2011)-Enlisted Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) are completing their enlisted warfare qualifications and proving to the world that George Washington is war fighter ready.

George Washington Sailors Receive Thanks From Grateful Children
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 25, 2011) – Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) participated in a reception given by teachers and students of the Sullivans Elementary School at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Feb. 25.

George Washington Sailors Celebrate Black History Month
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 24, 2011) – Sailors aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) held a Black History Month celebration for the ship’s personnel Feb. 24.

Pacific Fleet Master Chief Visits USS George Washington
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 10, 2011) – Fleet Master Chief John T. Minyard, U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief, visited Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Feb. 10.

Cheerleaders Meet George Washington Sailors on Super Bowl Day
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 7, 2011) – Sailors aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) gathered on the forward mess deck for a chance to meet the Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders during a tour of the ship Feb. 7.

GW Recognizes Key Players During Maintenance Period
YOKOSUKA, Japan— (January 18, 2011) - As the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) undergoes a routine maintenance period, members of several organizations have stepped forward as leaders to keep the “Spirit of Freedom” mission-ready and in the highest possible material condition.

MMA Fighters Meet George Washington Sailors
YOKOSUKA, Japan – (January 13, 2011) - Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) were treated to a meet-and-greet session with five mixed martial artists during a “Fighters for Fighters” tour Jan. 13.

George Washington Sailors Receive Candy from School Children
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 6, 2011) – Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) received a sweet goodwill donation by students from the Bennett School District in Bennett, Colo., Jan. 5.

USS George Washington Returns to Japan for Holidays
YOKOSUKA, Japan – (December 14, 2010) – After a short but eventful three weeks out at sea, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) returned to its forward deployed operating port of Yokosuka, Japan Dec. 14.

George Washington Carrier Strike Group and JMSDF Conclude Keen Sword 2011
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec 10, 2010) – After seven days of immensely successful and rewarding integration and cooperation, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) concluded the joint bilateral exercise Keen Sword 2011, Dec.10.

USS George Washington and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Master Chiefs Work Together to Improve Alliance
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec 8, 2010) – Demonstrating the opportunities for increasing the interoperability of the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Master Chiefs of both nations gathered aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) for an educational exchange during exercise Keen Sword 2011.

Keen Sword 2011 Brings US and Japanese Sailors Together
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec 5, 2010) – Under the dim blue lights of the Combat Direction Center (CDC) aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), there is constant chatter of surface and subsurface contacts; some spoken in English, some spoken in Japanese.

Flat George Offers Sullivans Students a Look at Sea Life
PACIFIC OCEAN (DEC. 3, 2010) – As USS George Washington (CVN 73) and its crew pulled out for one last stretch at sea, the ship’s namesake put a new spin on the classic pen pal project.

Keen Sword 2011 Brings US and Japanese Sailors Together
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec 4, 2010) – Under the dim blue lights of the Combat Direction Center (CDC) aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), there is constant chatter of surface and subsurface contacts; some spoken in English, some spoken in Japanese.

George Washington Strike Group Begins Exercise with Republic of Korea
WATERS WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Nov 28, 2010) – The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) entered the waters west of the Korean peninsula to participate in a combined military exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Nov. 28.

GW Celebrates Thanksgiving Underway
PACIFIC OCEAN (November 25, 2010) – One day before the Thanksgiving holiday, USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulled out of its forward operating port of Yokosuka, Japan.

George Washington Carrier Strike Group Continues Annual Patrol to Support Bilateral Exercise GW Eco-Friendly
YOKOSUKA, Japan – (Nov. 24, 2010) – The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) returned to sea Nov. 24 to ensure security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean and to take part in the joint-bilateral exercise, Keen Sword 2011.

GWCSG Returns to Forward Deployed Port of Yokosuka, Japan
YOKOSUKA, Japan – (Nov 1, 2010) – After more than 130 days at sea, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GW CSG) is taking a break from its annual patrol to the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) by pulling into their forward-deployed homeport of Fleet Activities, Yokosuka Nov 1.

GW Fun Boss Raises Morale of Sailors Out at Sea and In Port
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at sea (October 21, 2010) – It is a known fact among the crew that USS George Washington (CVN 73) has its fare share of bosses. Ranging from the Air Boss to the Gun Boss, each boss plays a critical role in carrying out the daily tasks needed to maintain GW’s forward deployed readiness.

Deputy Commander, CVW-5 Makes 1000th Trap
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at sea – (Oct. 22, 2010) – Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Capt. Daniel S. Cave, made his 1,000th carrier-arrested landing, commonly referred to as a “trap,” Oct. 22, joining the ranks of a select group of Naval aviators.

GW Offers Marriage Enrichment Classes to Sailors at Sea
PACIFIC OCEAN (October 15, 2010) -- Sailors attended a Marriage enrichment class offered by the Command Religious Ministries Department 15 Oct.

Hometown Heroes – Helping GW Sailors tell their Story
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 15, 2010) – Culinary Specialist Seaman Roibrenn Arlante isn’t always all smiles, but today he’s grinning from ear to ear. That’s because in the past week, his email inbox has seen a jump in messages from his friends and family back home.

GW Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at sea – (Oct. 13, 2010) – Sailors aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 11 with an observance in the ship’s forecastle.

GW Sailors Celebrate the Navy’s 235th Birthday
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, at Sea (October 13, 2010) – While on patrol in the Western Pacific, Sailors on board USS George Washington (CVN 73) celebrated the Navy’s 235th birthday with a cake cutting ceremony held in the ships mess decks Oct. 13.

Eagles of VFA 115 Celebrate 68th Birthday
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 11, 2010) – Sailors and aviators of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 celebrated the squadrons 68th birthday on board USS George Washington (CVN 73) October 11, 2010.

GW Welcomes Newest Citizens in Naturalization Ceremony
PACIFIC OCEAN (October 9, 2010) – Twenty-two Sailors from USS George Washington (CVN 73), the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) are the United States newest citizens after being sworn in aboard one their new country’s largest and most powerful warships during a naturalization ceremony held in GW’s forecastle Oct. 9.

GW Culinary Specialist Awarded as Equal Opportunity Advisor
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at sea – (Oct. 12, 2010) – S.M.A.R.T. is an intergenerational program that provides a forum for highlighting documented contributions of African Americans and the Diaspora to the United States in the areas of science, mathematics, military, arts, religion and technology or SMART.

GWCSG Departs Thailand
LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (October, 7, 2010) – USS George Washington (CVN 73) and it’s escorts USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Cowpens (CG 63) departed from Laem Chabang, Thailand after wrapping up GW’s first ever port call to the partner nation Oct. 7.

GW Sailors Visit School for the Blind
PATTAYA, Thailand – Approximately 20 Sailors from USS George Washington (CVN 73) and the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 were given the opportunity to talk to and play games with children at the Pattaya Redemptionist School for the Blind during the ship’s port visit to Pattaya, Thailand.

GW Enters Black Box
PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - Four Culinary Specialist from USS George Washington (CVN 73), competed at the Black Box Culinary Competition at the Mariott Resort and Spa Hotel in Pattaya City, Thailand on Monday, 4 October.

Royal Thai Sailors get to Experience GW
While USS George Washington’s crew enjoyed its third day in port in Leam Chabang, Thailand, members of the Royal Thai Navy were welcomed aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) for a military to military tour of GW.

GW arrives in Thailand
LAEM CHABANG, Thailand – USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) arrived in Laem Chabang, Thailand, Oct. 2 for a five-day port visit in the coastal city of Pattaya, following the ship’s completion of exercise Valiant Shield 2010.

GW Offers New Classes on ‘Life Skills’
Sailors onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) have taken advantage of “Life Skills” classes offered while underway and in port for several years. With the success and popularity of the program, Sailors now have two additional classes available at their disposal.

GW’s Executive Officer Spreads Navy knowledge to Sailors
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at Sea (Sept. 28, 2010) - Ask any Sailor onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) what comes to their mind when they think about the ship’s executive officer (XO) Capt. Daniel C. Grieco, and you might hear, “XO’s Happy Hour,” the ship-wide daily cleaning ritual Grieco leads that puts the “hurt to the dirt” to “makes GW shine”.

GW Sailors Help Thailand Residents during COMSERV Projects
Sailors aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) are donating their time in port to different Community service (COMSERV) Projects. In Thailand the Sailors are offered seven different projects that they can choose from.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5: Versatile Deployable EOD Team
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 25, 2010) – A small but vital part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73), Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) team is Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile (EOD) Unit 5, platoon (PLT) 522.

MWR Offers Tour and Hotel Options for Thailand
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2010) – As USS George Washington (CVN 73) sails closer to Thailand, GW’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division have got you covered with hotel and tour options in the tropical country.

Many Community Service Options for GW Sailors in Thailand
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2010) – USS George Washington’s (CVN 73) Command Religious Ministries Department (CRMD) has been hard at work the last several weeks preparing for their upcoming five day port visit to Thailand.

GW Sailors Train in Continuous Process Improvement
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 22, 2010) – With Sailors working around the clock on board USS George Washington (CVN 73), there are many situations that Sailors may not be working in ways that are cost effective and an effective use of their time.

GW Sailors Celebrate Yom Kippur at Sea
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at Sea (Sept. 21, 2010) – The Jewish day of atonement, Yom Kippur was observed by Jewish Sailors on board USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sept. 21 in the ships chapel.

GWCSG Completes Valiant Shield 2010
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 21, 2010) – After ten days of joint operations with U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force aircraft and personnel, the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) wrapped up the joint U.S. military exercise Valiant Shield 2010 Sept. 21.

ATO Keeps the CODs Going
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, at sea – Among the sounds of F/A 18 Super Hornets launching, propellers turning and aircraft moving on USS George Washington’s (CVN 73) flight deck a small group of Sailors are working hard to ensure the safe and timely movement of personnel and supplies off the deck.

GW Gun Boss Retires After 35 years of Naval Service
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at sea – (Sept. 18, 2010) – For the last 35 years of his life, Cmdr. Dan Carscallen, head of the weapons department for the USS George Washington (CVN 73) has dedicated his life to the service of his country.

GW Chaplains Reach Out to New Fathers at Sea
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at Sea (Sept. 14, 2010) – Over the past three weeks, USS George Washington (CVN 73) has experienced a baby boom. Three of its Sailors have each become proud fathers of newborn babies.

GWRFC Helps Raise More Than $20,000
ANGELES CITY, Republic of the Philippines – (Sept 4, 2010) – The USS George Washington (CVN 73) Rugby Football Club helped raise more than $20,000 at the Seventh Fat Boy 10’s Invitational, an annual charity event held at Clark Airbase on Challenger Field, Sept. 4.

GW Hosts Manila Reception
MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (September 6, 2010) – Philippine Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines Harry K. Thomas were among the more than 700 military officials and distinguished guests to attend a reception Sept. 6 onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).

GWCSG Arrives in Manila
MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (Sept. 4, 2010) – USS George Washington (CVN 73) and embarked Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW 5), with a combined crew of more than 5,000 Sailors, along with USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived in Manila, Republic of Philippines Sept. 4.

GW Hosts Future Philippine Naval Leaders
MANILA, Philippines—Sailors aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) hosted recent graduates of the Philippine Military Academy Sept. 2-4 as part of a series of professional exchanges to prelude the ship’s four-day port visit to Manila.

Engineering Sailors Help Keep GW Eco-Friendly
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, at sea— With a crew of 5,500 Sailors, USS George Washington (CVN 73) has technical experts who can fly aircraft, run two nuclear reactors and operate the ship’s complex missile defense system.

GW Pollywogs Earn Title of ‘Trusty Shellback’
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, at sea – On Aug. 20, Sailors from USS George Washington (CVN 73) participated in a Crossing-the-line Ceremony, a naval tradition with historic roots that validates Sailors “sea-worthiness” and earns them the title of “trusty-shellback” after they cross the equator and undergo a cleansing during the ceremony.

Vietnamese-Born Sailor Makes Unique Return to Da Nang
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON AT SEA (Aug. 19, 2010) – Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class (AW) Khanhduy Ngo, a native of Da Nang, Vietnam was 14 years old when he moved to California with his mother. With Vietnamese as his first language before enlisting in June of 2008, the use of his linguist skills in the Navy would pave the way for his journey back to his native country.

U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Visits GW
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 17, 2010) – USS George Washington (CVN 73) welcomed the Honorable David L. Adelman, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and 18 other distinguished guests onboard for an official visit Aug. 17.

GWCSG Departs Singapore
SINGAPORE - USS George Washington (CVN 73) along with USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) departed from Changi Naval Base Aug. 16 following a successful five day port visit to Singapore.

Singaporean Residents Tour USS George Washington
SINGAPORE — Sailors from USS George Washington (CVN 73) welcomed aboard Singapore residents for public tours of the 100,000-ton nuclear aircraft carrier August 14 as part of the ship’s port visit to the Republic of Singapore.

USS George Washington Sailors Form Bonds at Boy’s Town
Singapore - Sailors from USS George Washington (CVN 73) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 journeyed on their second day in port to Boy’s Town Singapore where they participated in outdoor sports and shared a meal with the children, Aug. 12.

GW Hosts Reception for Distinguished Singapore Guests
SINGAPORE— U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, David L. Adelman was among the more than 300 military officials and distinguished guests to attend a reception Aug. 11 hosted by USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the ship’s hangar bay.

George Washington Strike Group Arrives in Singapore
SINGAPORE—USS George Washington (CVN 73), with its combined crew of more than 5,000 Sailors, USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) arrived in Singapore Aug. 11.

GW FCPOA Promotes Advancement
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, at sea — For Sailors looking to advance to the next pay grade, or discover other career options the Navy offers, the First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) has created a program for its junior Sailors.

GW Sailors Experience EOD Training First Hand
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, at sea – 15 USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors received rappelling training from technicians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 August 9.

New Fun Boss Making New Program
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, at sea (CVN 73) -- The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) welcomed a new “Fun Boss” to the ship’s crew, Rebekah McKoy.

S-3 Seeks Feedback on Ship’s Store Merchandise
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at sea (Aug. 7, 2010) – The S-3 Division of Supply Department recently hosted a ship’s store review board in the First Class Mess, August 7 to determine what Sailors onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) would like to see sold in the ship’s stores.

GW Sailors Take Time to Volunteer
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON at sea (Aug. 5, 2010) – When ships across the fleet make a port visit, hundreds of crewmembers line up for the opportunity to donate time out of their liberty to help make a difference in the communities they visit.

GW Gives Gas to Chung-Hoon
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), at sea—USS George Washington (CVN 73), usually the recipient during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS), replenished the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) with more than 100,000 gallons of fuel Aug. 2.

GW Sailors Train to Transport the Injured
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, at sea – A U.S. Navy ship has just been struck by a torpedo. It’s a mass casualty scenario played out hundreds of times each year on ships across the fleet. Doctors, nurses and Corpsmen rush to aid mock patients with their injuries, but there is an unsung hero who often receives little to no credit. Carrying the wounded up and down ladder wells are the stretcher bearers.

Foul Weather Doesn’t Stop GW UNREP
USS GEORGE WASHINTON, At Sea -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) conducted an underway replenishment (UNREP) with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and USNS Walter S. Diel (T-AO 193), July 30.

GWCSG Completes Exercise Invincible Spirit
SEA OF JAPAN (July 28, 2010) – USS George Washington (CVN 73) and its strike group completed its role in the U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) combined alliance military exercise “Invincible Spirit” July 28.

ROK Minister of National Defense Ministry Visits GW
SEA OF JAPAN (July 27, 2010) –The Honorable Kim Tae-Young, Minister of National Defense for the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Adm. Kim Sung-chan, ROK Chief of Naval Operations, (CNO) were among the 21 distinguished guests who visited USS George Washington (CNV 73) July 27.

GW Departs Busan, Joins in Exercise Invincible Spirit
BUSAN, Republic of Korea— USS George Washington (CVN 73), departed from Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) July 25 following a four-day port visit.

GW Reception Strengthens ROK Friendship
BUSAN, Republic of Korea—USS George Washington (CVN 73) welcomed aboard more than 200 Republic of Korea distinguished visitors and military officials June 23 for a reception celebrating the close ties between the two nations.