16 Oct '11, 2pm

USS George Washington makes Singapore port call

USS George Washington makes Singapore port call

SINGAPORE: It's seen as a symbol of the US presence in the Asia Pacific region and the close ties between the United States and Singapore. The USS George Washington, one of 11 aircraft carriers of the US, arrived in Singapore on Thursday for a port visit. The aircraft carrier is formidable with a flight deck of some 1,092 feet and 17 floors. It travels at 30 knots or nearly 56 kilometres, has 5,500 men and women on board with close to 18,000 meals served a day. The supercarrier, commissioned in 1992, operates out of Yokosuka, in Japan. It has logged some 25,000 nautical miles in the first half of this year and conducted exercises with a dozen countries. It's a custodian of the waterways - to ensure they are safe. Captain David Lausman, Commander of the USS George Washington, said: "The more stable these waterways are against piracy, insurance rates go down and we don't hav...

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