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Alpine Community > USS Sampson (DDG-102) help Tao Fong Shan Christian Center

By Ensign Carly Adler, USS Sampson Public Affairs

HONG KONG (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) participated in a community relations project Feb. 19 during a port visit to China.

"By volunteering our time, the US Navy displays its ability to make a positive impact across the globe. I am really glad to be a part of it," said Aviation Mechanic 3rd Class Frank Wertz.

Sailors volunteered to garden and repave a path for Tao Fong Shan Christian Center. The mission of the center is to mesh Chinese tradition with Western thought.

"The beauty of the Tao Fong Shan center blew me away. I was really happy to get out and help renovate the grounds," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Shaun Cale, one of 20 Sailors who volunteered.

Sailors spent five hours helping restore the outside appearance of the chapel.

Sampson is on a routine deployment with Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. Commanded by Rear Adm. John W. Miller, the Nimitz Carrier Strike group is comprised of Nimitz, embarked Carrier Air Wing 11, Destroyer Squadron 23, and Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65).

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