By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mikey Mulcare, Oct. 24, 2011
RAYONG, Thailand - Sailors from the USS Mustin (DDG 89) visited the Camillian Social Center in Rayong, Thailand, an establishment for children who suffer from HIV/AIDS, Saturday, Oct. 22 as part of a port visit to Thailand.
Sailors were honored to have the opportunity to visit with the kids. More than 30 Sailors signed up for the community service project and departed the pier within five hours of the signup sheets posting.
During the visit Sailors toured the center to see the children’s daily routines and played various games from soccer and football to Frisbee with more than 80 children.
“The children always love visitors and I’m really thrilled that the Navy decided to come here,” said Paul Baird, longtime English volunteer to the center. “It’s nice to have younger people visit for a change because they can play with the children and spread smiles, a lot of our older volunteers like me try to play with the children but we have a hard time keeping up.”
After the tour and games Sailors were treated to a Catholic children’s hymn sung by the children. Following the hymn, Chief Intelligence Specialist (SW/AW) Fuller, the community service event coordinator, spoke a few words.
“I feel blessed to be here today and I sincerely hope that we can visit again in the future,” said Fuller. “We came with the intent to put smiles on your faces but I think the children here far out did us. As we say in the Navy, fair winds and following seas, which really means we hope good blessings come to you on and on into the future.”
Mustin arrived in Lam Chabang, Thailand Oct. 21st for port visit. While in port the crew is participating in community service projects and engaging with their Royal Thai Navy counterparts in an effort to build upon existing ties between the U.S. and Kingdom of Thailand.