Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker greets distinguished visitors from Singapore aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the South China Sea, April 7. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak)

SOUTH CHINA SEA - Military and civilian leaders from the Republic of Singapore visited the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at sea, April 7.

Distinguished visitors including the ambassadors from Japan and France, high commissioners from Canada and New Zealand, and Col. Timothy Lo, the fleet commander of the Republic of Singapore Navy, arrived aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier via a C-2A Greyhound from the Providers of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30. They met with John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) leadership, observed flight operations from the flight deck and toured several spaces throughout the ship.

"It's always an honor to engage with our partners in Singapore," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, the JCSCSG commander. "We have a strong and growing partnership and share a common commitment to maritime security and freedom of the seas."

"It's been a wonderful experience," said Lo. "Flight operations ran like clockwork and the Sailors make it look so simple. These Sailors are obviously well-trained and make the United States proud."

As their visit concluded, the guests once again boarded a C-2A, taxied to one of the ship's catapult tracks, then accelerated from zero to 185 nautical miles per hour in less than three seconds, launching from Stennis' flight deck to return to Singapore.

The JCSCSG, consisting of Stennis, CVW-9, Destroyer Squadron 21 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), entered U.S. 7th Fleet March 26 after spending nearly five months operating with and supporting U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).