Frank Cable hosts religious leaders
POLARIS POINT, Guam (NNS) -- Sailors stationed aboard the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) gave a tour of the ship to several religious leaders from Guam, Micronesia, Hawaii and Southern California, Feb. 10.
The purpose of the visit was to promote cultural and religious exchanges between the civilian and military communities.
The religious leaders met with Frank Cable's command chaplain, Lt. Cmdr. John Miyahara, to see how military members live and work afloat.
"I think it is good for leaders in the civilian community to have some exposure to Frank Cable, learn about our mission, and see our Sailors in action," said Miyahara.
Once onboard, members received a tour of the ship spaces and were provided a chance to talk with Sailors about their life onboard.
"I would be very glad to meet them and talk to them or listen to what their life is about," said Irene Nalianan, arch deacon of the Episcopal Church in Micronesia and the vicar of Saint John, the Divine Episcopal Church.
Miyahara also said talking with leaders of other congregations will allow Frank Cable Sailors to have a more rounded experience in their faith.
"I believe that our military personnel are the people that we need to keep in our thoughts and our hearts and our prayers day after day," said reverend Murray D. Fink, bishop with the evangelical Lutheran church in Hawaii and Southern California. "They're doing what I think is so critical, they're putting their lives on the line and that's a very religious experience. For us to meet people who are willing to do that day after day is astounding."
Time onboard Frank Cable helped demonstrate what life is like on a Navy ship and allowed Sailors to talk with members from different religious backgrounds.
"I'm really excited about this experience and especially hearing from you guys (Frank Cable Sailors) on all the works that you do and how you serve the country and keep it safe," said Johann Osias, the senior pastor of Guam United Methodist church.
The tour concluded in the Frank Cable's Lt. j.g. Anthony James Conway chapel where Miyahara conducted a discussion of military members and faith with the group.
"My ultimate hope is that our civilian partners can appreciate what we do in our mission as well as have an understanding of the life onboard Frank Cable," added Miyahara.
Frank Cable, forward-deployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.