CFAC opens doors for Cherry Blossom Festival in Korea

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CFAC opens doors for Cherry Blossom Festival in Korea

by: Chief Mass Communication Specialist Wendy Wyman | .
CNFK Public Affairs | .
published: April 07, 2015

JINHAE, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae (CFAC), Korea, welcomed local Korean residents and tourists through its gates when the base opened to the public for the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, April 4.

Hundreds of Korean citizens visited CFAC throughout the all-day event interacting with U.S. Sailors, touring the base, and engaging in games for the children.

"It is a privilege to be a part of the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival this year," said Cmdr. Michael Weatherford, commanding officer of CFAC. "By opening our doors to our Korean friends, we demonstrate the importance of continuing our good-neighbor relationship with the local community of Jinhae and our alliance with the Republic of Korea."

Additionally as part of the annual festival, CFAC Sailors marched in the Adm. Yi Sun-Shin victory parade alongside Republic of Korea (ROK) sailors, Jinhae Naval Base Command band and honor guard, April 3. Thousands of residents and tourists lined the streets of the Jungwon Rotary to view the parade, which celebrates Yi's naval victories during the 16th century Joseon Dynasty.

"We are very proud to march with our Korean counterparts in honor of a great naval leader, Adm. Yi," said Command Master Chief Sam Robinson. "We are fortunate to serve in a host country with such a rich culture and to be able to participate in this unique experience."

The Jinhae Gunhangje, which translates as "Naval Port Festival", was originally founded in 1963 to commemorate the Korean naval leader, Yi. Over the last 53 years, it has evolved into a cultural celebration centered around the over 360,000 cherry trees that bloom each year on the ROK naval base and in the city of Jinhae.

Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae is the only U.S. Navy base on the Korean peninsula and strengthens the maritime partnership and interoperability with the ROK Navy while enhancing security and cooperation.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnfk/.

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