From USS Philippine Sea
USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) visited Manama, Bahrain for a scheduled Mid-Deployment Voyage Repair (MDVR) April 9-16.
The visit allowed the ship to perform maintenance and repairs on various ship's services and machinery. Work completed by local contractors and ship's force included repairs to the ship's gas turbine modules, routine hull cleaning, and numerous lagging jobs, among other preventative maintenance projects.
"I worked closely with the Sailors and contractors completing the lagging jobs and superstructure repairs," said Lt.j.g. Jeff Gustafson, ship's maintenance management officer on board Philippine Sea. "The work accomplished during the MDVR was accomplished by true professionals. I was very proud of every Sailor for their accomplishments during our in-port period."
In addition to the completion of scheduled jobs on board the ship, Sailors were also able to visit the Kingdom of Bahrain. The ships Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department (MWR) ensured numerous tours were available to the crew including tours of the city of Manama with lunch, trips to Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park, and a day at Dessange Paris Resort and Spa.
"The city tour was fantastic," said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Michael Dipietro. "We visited the camels at the camel farm, toured the Grand Mosque which was beautiful, explored the old fort, and after all that walking, we had an amazing lunch made with authentic local food."
Another tour provided those Sailors hoping to cool off an opportunity to get their feet wet. "The water park was pretty awesome," said Seaman Christopher Holder. The park included a lazy river, wave pool, and various water slides. "My favorite part was the funnel water slide," stated Holder.
Female Sailors had the opportunity to indulge in a day at the spa. "In the States you only get to spend an hour at the spa for the same amount of money," boasted Yeoman 2nd Class Aliscia Law. "We were there for four and a half hours and received a manicure, pedicure, body scrub, an hour long massage, and then they provided us lunch!"
While these ladies were enjoying a relaxing day at the spa, others were looking for something a little faster paced on their liberty. The ship's visit to Bahrain coincided with the Formula 1 circuit's stop in Manama. "I love watching racing," stated Lieutenant Junior Grade Samuel Mervosh. "There was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to see a Formula 1 race."
Philippine Sea Sailors' behavior during port visits is also an important part of the Navy's overall mission, both on the ship and ashore.
Amidst ongoing ships repairs and MWR tours, Philippine Sea Sailors still found time to give back to the community. Sailors volunteered to lead casual conversations at an English Class with Bahraini adults to help them improve their English proficiency and participated in a sports field day at a local Department of Defense (DoD) Elementary School.
"Our Sailors did an outstanding job of putting the mission first, while also being ambassadors on liberty," said Gustafson.
USS Philippine Sea is deployed with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.