USS Bunker Hill visits Saipan

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(Office of the Governor) — Thirty naval officers and about 300 sailors were on Saipan this weekend for some rest and recreation after long days of being out at sea. USS Bunker Hill CG-52 arrived on Saipan Friday morning for a port visit, 21 days after departing its San Diego homeport on January 17, 2020.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, first lady Diann T. Torres and their family members toured the USS Bunker Hill on Saturday afternoon.
Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, first lady Diann T. Torres and their children pose for a photo with Capt. Kurt Sellerberg.  Office of the Governor photos

At the invitation of Capt. Kurt Sellerberg, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, first lady Diann T. Torres, and their family were onboard USS Bunker Hill CG-52 on Saturday afternoon.

Governor Torres expressed his appreciation to Captain Sellerberg for the tour and for choosing the Commonwealth as a destination for the sailors’ rest and recreation.

“I want to welcome Captain Sellerberg and the crew of the USS Bunker Hill CG-52 to Saipan,” the governor said. “I am especially appreciative that you have chosen to come here, and I hope that you all get a chance to enjoy and appreciate what our island has to offer and its rich history with our U.S. military. On behalf of the people of the Commonwealth, I would like to extend our gratitude to you, the officers and sailors for safeguarding our security in the region. We wish you all continued safe journey.”

In his efforts to expand the economic base of the Commonwealth, Governor Torres continues to seek out other economic opportunities, which include discussions with the leadership of the Department of Defense to advocate for the CNMI as a destination for military ships in the region.

“I would also like to extend my appreciation to Rear Adm. John Menoni and Maj. Gen. Suzie Vares-Lum for their responsiveness to our request and in advocating on our behalf to encourage all fleets in the region to visit our islands. USS Bunker Hill CG-52 is the beginning of many visits we hope to receive this year,” the governor added.

A Ticonderoga-class Guided Missile Cruiser, USS Bunker Hill CG-52 is part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group deployed to the U.S. Indo-Pacific region.

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