The Oklahoma City is not only a
command ship and a warship, but she is also a people ship -
concerned with making and keeping friends throughout the Western
When Oklahoma City pulls into a foreign port for a visit, officers
and crewmembers reach out together to help the needy. Projects
such as repainting schools, residing an orphanage, or patching walls
in classrooms are typical of the volunteer work done.
These people-to-people projects give port visits a bit more of a
human factor. Many crewmembers find a side of a particular
people that they didn't know existed. Even though language is
sometimes a barrier, one look from a child's eyes can surpass any
amount of words.
The Oklahoma City also sponsors tours, both in foreign ports and in
her homeport of Yokosuka, encouraging people to come aboard and
become familiar with the ship. She sponsors an annual
Christmas party for the Kobo Cottage Orphanage in Hayama, Japan and
recently has sponsored an orphan through high school.