The USS Carl Vinson moved out of San Diego Aug. 22 and heading to the Middle East.
The USS Carl Vinson as it left San Diego Aug. 22 on its latest deployment. Photo by Chris Stone

The USS Carl Vinson and accompanying ships USS Bunker Hill and USS Gridley left Perth, Australia, on Saturday after a one-week stop during their return voyage to San Diego.

While in port, Sailors participated in six community relations events in and around the Perth area. These events included building habitats in local animal parks to helping renovate a Returned & Services League building.

“For many members of the crew, this was their first time visiting Fremantle and Perth,” said Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer of USS Carl Vinson. “I know many found this to be the highlight of a long and very rewarding deployment as they got a chance to discover all these fabulous cities had to offer.”

U.S. Consul General in Perth Cynthia A. Griffin said she was enthusiastic to meet all the sailors, and to continue strengthening the diplomatic and military ties between the U.S. and Australia.

“We are thrilled to have this group of amazing professionals here,” said Griffin. “The dedication the Sailors display is incredible and I thank them for all for the hard work they do every day to keep us safe.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Cynthia A. Griffin (left), consul general for the United States in Perth, helps Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson shovel mulch during a community relations opportunity at the Perth Zoo. Navy photo

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.