Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marissa Valentine
HAKODATE, Japan – Ticonderoga -class cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) departed Hakodate after a port visit to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of Commodore Matthew Perry’s visit in 1854.
On the last day of Shiloh’s visit, Commanding Officer, Capt. Kurush F. Morris participated in a wreath laying ceremony honoring two fallen sailors from Commodore Perry’s ship, as well as visiting Perry Square to lay a wreath in front the monument created in Commodore Perry’s likeness.
“Today we honored Commodore Perry by not only laying wreaths to pay our respects, but also to pay tribute to his efforts in building an alliance between Japan and the U.S., a strong partnership in the region that continues today.” said Morris.
Respects were paid to the monument and the ceremony concluded with a blast from a ceremonial cannon.
After departing from the ceremony Shiloh leadership returned to prepare the guided missile cruiser for its return to Yokosuka.
As the Shiloh cleared Hakodate Bay Sailors and Midshipmen manned the rails to perform a Passex with JS Suzunami DD114.
“It is an honor to be here to represent the Navy and interact with our allies, it was a great experience that we would not have had the opportunity to participate in if it wasn’t for the United States Naval Academy and Capt. Morris encouraging us to engage in Shiloh events,” said Midshipmen 1st Class, Sarah Bernhardt of Conshohocken, Penn.
Shiloh is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operation supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.