CASABLANCA, Morocco — Crewmembers of USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) participated in a Community Relations (COMREL) project here Jan. 25 - 26 as part of their maritime strategy of Theater Security Cooperation Engagements.
The COMREL took place at the Center for Children with Difficulty, a place for boys ages eight through 18 who have been picked up off the streets as runaways or have committed petty crimes. Some of the boys are able to return to their homes and families while others are eventually placed in an orphanage.
The crew cleared land for the center to start vegetable gardens and seeds were donated from the American Consulate. They also painted outside panels for the center and played soccer with the boys.
Hall's Sailors spent the two days working at the center, enjoying local food and bonding with the boys making lasting impression on not only the children, but also the crew, said Navy Ensign Samara Taylor.
The project was well received by the center according to Taylor, and many of Hall's crewmembers said they look forward to participating in many more COMREL projects as it continues with its deployment.
Hall is currently deployed to the Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibility to help improve maritime safety and security and strengthen partnerships with local host nations in support of the recently released Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa 2008 Guidance.