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    Posted May 17, 2011 by
    Manila, Philippines

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    A well deserved day of rest


    After 52 consecutive days at sea and laying to rest the U.S. most wanted enemy at sea, the USS Carl Vinson and her sister ships, guided-missle cruiser USS Bunker Hill, guided-missle destroyer USS Gridley, and guided-missle cruiser USS Shiloh take a rest in the Bay of Manila, Philippines. The young crew members could be seen taking in the Mall of Asia and surrounding sites as the sun set beyond their ships. I was spending time with my wife in the Philippines and was able to express my graditude to some of these sailors that were a proud example of  U.S. youth. Carrying class and dignity with good behavior while visitors to a foreign nation, they made me proud to be an American. To see them relaxing and not behaving as depicted in so many TV shows or movies of rowdy, drunkness and poor diplomacy. They would all make their parents proud if they were to see their children's good behavior, politeness and respect while on leave. The Philippines is a country that already has great respect and appreciation for the U.S., but these sailors made great diplomats for our nation. BRAVO Carrier Strike Group 1  !!!  Safe sailing.

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