Japanese artist gifts painting, gratitude to GW Sailors

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch

Japanese artist Takashi Shima speaks with Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), during a tour of the ship's flight deck. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch

Japanese artist Takashi Shima speaks with Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), during a tour of the ship’s flight deck.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch

YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 27, 2015) – Takashi Shima, a Japanese painter and photographer from Wakayama Prefecture visited Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and presented a watercolor painting to the ship, April 27.

Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, George Washington’s commanding officer, accepted the painting depicting the ship operating at sea on behalf of the more than 3,300 ship’s company.

“It’s an honor to receive such a precious gift,” said Kuehhas. “This present speaks to the continued alliance and growing relationship we share with the Japanese people. I would like to thank Mr. Shima for sharing his culture and talent with the Sailors aboard George Washington.”

Shima set foot onto the ship’s 1092-foot long flight deck, a place he envisioned and brought to life on canvas for three months.

“Painting [George Washington] was a challenge without seeing it first,” said Shima. “I’ve always had the idea to paint USS George Washington, but since I live far away it was hard to make arrangements to get here. It feels like a dream to walk on a ship I’ve already painted.”

Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), presents Japanese artist Takashi Shima with a plaque during a visit to the ship.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch

Capt. Timothy Kuehhas, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), presents Japanese artist Takashi Shima with a plaque during a visit to the ship.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clemente A. Lynch

Shima previously created and presented paintings to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and Marines stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan for their efforts during Operation Tomodachi.

Shima wanted to extend a similar token of gratitude to George Washington for the crew’s contributions to peace and stability in the region.

“As a representative of the local people of Japan, I wanted to come by and offer a token of our appreciation for the hard work of 7th Fleet and George Washington,” said Shima. “Because of the 7th Fleet and ships like George Washington, Japan can enjoy peace and prosperity.”

Leave reply:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s