Nassau Sailors Tour Island of Gozo during Malta Port Visit

Story Number: NNS080408-22Release Date: 4/8/2008 3:44:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jonathan Pankau, USS Nassau Public Affairs

USS NASSAU, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Nassau (LHA 4) Sailors and Marines toured the Maltese island of Gozo during a port visit to Malta, March 14-17.

Nassau's Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department set up a trip to Malta's northernmost island, where Sailors and Marines visited the Ggantija Temples, enjoyed an authentic Gozitan meal overlooking Xlendi Bay, a local market and the Blue Window in nearby Dwerja Bay.

The giant rock formations known as the Ggantija Temples, or "The Giant's Tower," are well-preserved prehistoric temples built by hand. Tourists can traverse through the remains of the temple.

Nassau's Sailors and Marines also visited one of the island's local restaurants, where they enjoyed chicken or fish dishes, white wine and salads from a roof-top garden and a terrace overlooking the Xlendi Bay.

One of Gozo's main exports is homemade wine, cheese and preserves that come out of the plentiful farms on the island. After touring the local markets and wineries, the next destination was the Blue Window, a natural rock formation, much like a bridge into the ocean. The rising and falling tides hollowed out center of the Blue Window over the ages to form a sort of window-shaped hole. The scenic location plays host to many commercials and movie scenes.

"The one thing I found very interesting about Gozo was when the tour guide talked about all of the desalination plants around the island and that with the rising price of oil, water will one day become more expensive than gasoline," said Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class James Born. "It was an eye-opener for me because in the United States we take our water and water consumption for granted."

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The amphibious landing ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) is moored in Grand Harbor during a port visit to Malta.
080316-N-5180F-005 GRAND HARBOR, Malta (March 16, 2008) The amphibious landing ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) is moored in Grand Harbor during a port visit to Malta. Nassau is the flagship for the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Anthony Falvo (Released)
March 23, 2008
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