2006-03-17 / Community

Ortiz Visits Aussies On WestPac Cruise

Navy Seaman Kelly E. Ortiz, daughter of Evelyn Ortiz of Far Rockaway and Paul Rodriguez of Brooklyn, and her fellow shipmates made a five-day port visit to Brisbane, Australia while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, homeported in San Diego.

In early January, USS Ronald Reagan began its maiden western Pacific deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism and maritime security operations (MSO). The port visit was an opportunity for sailors to participate in community service projects while also visiting tourist attractions and experiencing the Australian culture.

During the visit, sailors volunteered at the local children's and women's hospitals, helped restore an Australian World War II frigate at the Queensland Maritime Museum and cleaned a training facility for emergency medical technicians.

MSO sets the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, and supports the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO denies international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other materials.

Carriers like USS Ronald Reagan are deployed throughout the world to maintain U.S. presence and provide rapid response in time of crisis. They serve as a highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors and are equipped with the most versatile and powerful weapons and aircraft available.

Ortiz joined the Navy in September 2003.

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