17 June, 2008
Former president of the United States George H.W. Bush visited amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland to thank the crew for its service on June 15.
Bush and some of his family members were on vacation in Greece when they found out that Ashland would be visiting the island of Rhodes in Greece, while the ship was returning from the Arabian Gulf. The former U.S. president quickly adjusted his schedule and made a detour just to stop by and talk with the crew."I want you all to know it is a joy for us to see this ship, to be onboard and be able to show the respect that we have for the Navy and those who serve there in," Bush said.
Bush presented eight awards and re-enlisted two Ashland sailors during his visit.
Source: Athens News Agency