Navy Seaman Recruit Patrick S. Parker, son of William A. Parker of Lewiston, and his fellow shipmates made a five-day port visit to Brisbane, Australia, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, homeported in San Diego.

In early January, the carrier began its maiden western Pacific deployment in support of the war on terrorism and maritime security operations. The port visit was an opportunity for sailors to participate in community service projects while visiting tourist attractions and experiencing the Australian culture.

Sailors volunteered at the local children’s and women’s hospitals, helped restore an Australian World War II frigate at the Queensland Maritime Museum and cleaned a training facility for emergency medical technicians.

Parker is a 2005 graduate of Gorham High School and joined the Navy in June 2005.


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