SOUDA BAY, Greece (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is back at sea following a four day port visit to Souda Bay, Crete, May 23-27.
"The amazing history, food and culture of Crete provided a well-deserved break for our hardworking Sailors," said Truman's Executive Officer, Cmdr. Dave Snowden. "Our Hellenic friends welcomed us with open arms, and we are extremely grateful for their hospitality throughout our stay."
During the visit not only did Truman Sailors enjoy leisure and cultural opportunities on the island, but they also gave back to the ship's gracious hosts.
A total of 96 Truman Sailors volunteered for two major painting projects in Mouzouras village May 24 and 25, painting a local community playground and the surrounding metal fence at the Agios Ioannis church.
"Volunteering in Greece was a great experience," said Information Technician 1st Class Amber Sherman. "I am glad to have been a part of rejuvenating such a beautiful church. I believe that the relations between Greece and the U.S. will continue to be strengthened through working together."
In addition, Truman Sailors participated in a rugby match against the Chania Rugby team, the "Cretan Gunners" at the National Stadium of Chania May 25.
"It was an excellent opportunity to play against the Crete team," said Lt. Millicent Tysinger, a member of Truman's rugby team. "We were able to mix the teams together when we played, which helped everyone get introduced. After the games, it's tradition for the home team to host the visitors and for the teams to socialize. The Cretan Gunners were eager to learn about rugby outside of Greece. Overall everyone had a great time."
Truman is deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, supporting maritime security operations in support of U.S. national security interests.
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