NEWS | Nov. 9, 2018

US Sailors share care packages with Japanese shipmates

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Crouch

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) – Sailors assigned to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet volunteered their time to deliver care packages to their shipmates aboard Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious ship JS Kunisaki (LST-4003), November 7.

 The packages were provided by Operation Gratitude, an organization that provides service members care packages that contain items such as socks, pens, small toiletries, playing cards, and non-perishable snack items.

 “This was an exciting event that gave us the opportunity to interact with our Japanese partners,” said Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Colvin. “It’s a good reminder that we care about each other.”

 U.S Sailors worked together with the crew of Kunisaki to help move the packages aboard the ship.

 “It’s a great feeling to help others,” said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Bradford Hopkins. “Gestures like this one help build trust with our friends.”