USS George Washington and her escort, the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, will spend the 4th of July holiday – and $6-8 million, if history is any judge – in Perth, West Australia.
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and guided-missile cruiser arrived this morning after leaving the Japanese port of Yokosuka on June 10.
This is the first visit to WA for the USS George Washington, the US Navy’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier.
The USS Cowpens, also known as the “Thundering Herd”, is primarily tasked to protect the USS George Washington.
Mr Woods said because the sailors were on a recreational break, they would spend a lot of money visiting Perth’s tourism attractions – including visiting the malls where they would spend money buying gifts for family and friends back home.
Mr Woods urged the State to do more to attract warships, such as offering a shipside docking at the Fremantle Port.
USS George Washington Capt. David Lausman said this would be the first visit to WA for many of the crew aboard the ship.
“I know our sailors are looking forward to experiencing the rich culture and interacting with the friendly citizens of Australia during our brief stay,” Capt. Lausman said.
I miss it. All of it.