USS George H.W. Bush Arrives in Turkey


Release Date: 03/09//2014 1215 Story 824

By MC3 Jeffrey Madlangbayan, USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs

ANTALYA, Turkey - The newest Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived in Antalya, Turkey for a scheduled port visit, Mar. 9.

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ANTALYA, Turkey (Mar. 9, 2014) Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Kristal Thomas, from Houston, stands watch as USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) anchors in Antalya, Turkey. George H. W. Bush is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shaun M. Griffin/Released)

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During the port visit, which is designed to strengthen maritime security while working with our Turkish partners, George H.W. Bush will host a reception for dignitaries and regional partners on board in order to foster internationalrelations.

The port visit will also give Sailors a chance to visit and explore Antalya with tours, including an evening banquet complete with Turkish musical instruments, a typical folk orchestra and a dance extravaganza focusing on traditional Turkish and Antalya folklore, a trip to the spring waters at Pamukkale, known for its therapeutic qualities and a visit to a Turkish bath.

“I really look forward to going on the Antalya City Tour to see all the sights and learn the rich history of the country,” said Religious Programs Specialist 1st Class Celeste Shield.

This is the second port visit for George H.W. Bush since leaving Norfolk in February. It will provide the crew a long lasting, once in a lifetime experience. A shopping venture into Antalya provides Sailors with a look into the rich history and culture of the Turkish Nation.

Sailors will have the opportunity to shop for many handmade products from local vendors such as scarves, clothes, ceramics, leather jackets, jewelry, carpets and handmade lamps.

George H.W. Bush is on scheduled deployment as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet areas of operations.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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ANTALYA, Turkey (Mar. 9, 2014) Sailors drop the starboard side anchor aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H. W. Bush is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Kelly/Released)

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ANTALYA, Turkey (Mar. 9, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) drops anchor in Antalya, Turkey. George H. W. Bush is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card/Released)

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ANTALYA, Turkey (Mar. 9, 2014) Sailors moor a barge to the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H. W. Bush is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Johnson/Released)

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