Friday, March 27, 2015

USS Chicago Sailors Volunteer at Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian G. Reynolds, Commander Submarine Group Seven Deputy Public Affairs Officer

FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) participated in a community relations (COMREL) project by volunteering at The Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen during a scheduled port visit in Singapore, March 23.

"The Willing Hearts COMREL was a great success," said Electronics Technician 1st Class James M. Perry. "The amount of work that is done at Willing Hearts is astounding."

Ten Chicago Sailors joined 20 other volunteers and assisted in preparing and packaging more than 4,600 meals that were distributed to 54 locations across Singapore.

"Our volunteers were quickly put to work cooking and portioning chicken, assembling bento boxes in an assembly line, loading the meals into the delivery vans, and breaking out frozen and dry foods for the following day," said Perry. "By 11 a.m. we had exceeded the target of 4,670 meals and started to break down and clean up for lunch."

Chicago is homeported in Guam. The ship is capable of supporting a variety of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, strike, intelligence collection and mine warfare.

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