MARSEILLE, France (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) arrived in Marseille, May 16, for a goodwill port visit as part of the ship's routine deployment in the region.
While in port, more than 5,000 Sailors will have the opportunity to sightsee, shop and relax, and participate in cultural exchanges with the citizens of Marseille.
"We appreciate our French allies opening their country to us for exploration and enjoyment," Shelanski said. "We look forward to experiencing the culture, interacting with the local people and representing the U.S. as friends and allies," said Capt. Herman Shelanski, Truman's commanding officer.
Truman is scheduled to host a variety of events, including a sunset reception aboard the ship for French dignitaries and local residents.
The crew will also take part in a community relations project with the Little Sister's of the Poor Nursing Home for the Elderly to show their appreciation for the hospitality of the Marseille citizens. Sailors will help paint and wallpaper the nursing home.
Rear Adm. Mark Fox, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, noted that the Sailors have remained dedicated to the maritime security mission over the last several months.
"France is our oldest ally, and remains a valuable partner in the world scene," Fox said. "This visit highlights both countries' commitment to promoting peace and stability in the region as well as both countries' desire to create even deeper bonds of friendship."
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