USS Gary laves Cambodia after historic visit
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The USS Gary left Cambodia on Tuesday after the first port call by an American military vessel in this Southeast Asian nation in more than three decades.
The guided missile frigate with 200 officers and crew, forward-deployed to Yokosuka Naval Base, received a send-off from Cambodian naval officers as it left Sihanoukville port, 115 miles southwest of the capital Phnom Penh, said Khun Borin, a Cambodian deputy naval commander.
During the vessel’s four-day stay, U.S. sailors shared techniques for rescue operations with their Cambodian counterparts and the two sides had a chance to play soccer together. The Americans also conducted humanitarian activities, including repairing a local medical clinic and providing checkups for Cambodian villagers.
“The ship’s visit has paved the way for the two countries’ sailors to get to know each other more closely,” Khun Borin said.
Cambodian and U.S. officials have hailed the visit as a sign of the improved relationship between the two countries.