USS Momsen Visits Cyprus


Story Number: NNS080805-04Release Date: 8/5/2008 12:51:00 PM
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By Lt.j.g. Courtney Thraen, USS Momsen Public Affairs

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (NNS) -- USS Momsen (DDG 92) departed July 27 after a two-day port visit to Cyprus.

During the visit, Momsen hosted seven members of the Cypriot Navy, including Cypriot Navy Deputy Commander, Capt. Andreas Loannides. They toured the ship's pilot house, including all navigation systems, the combat information center and an exhibition of two embarked SH-60B helicopters.

Following the tour, Cypriot Navy officials hosted an informal dinner reception for the commanding officers and executive officers of Momsen and USS Dallas (SSN 700), a U.S. submarine also visiting Limassol.

The rest of Momsen's crew engaged in several tours, including a scuba diving tour, to explore coral gardens and sea life, swimming just inches away from barracudas, jellyfish and clams.

"The conditions were unbelievable, with crystal clear clarity even below a hundred feet, and very warm, comfortable temperatures," said Momsen's Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Russ Smith.

"The wide variety of sea life and the ease with which we were able to move in and around the wreck made it the best dive I've made in over 20 years of diving. It is easy to see why the M/V Zenobia is considered by many to be one of the best wreck dives available in the world."

Several Sailors participated in a tour of several palaces and monuments throughout the island country. This marked Momsen's fifth port visit during its deployment with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

Momsen, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, is homeported in Everett, Wash., and is part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as well as Maritime Security Operations.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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hips assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group, led by the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) during a straight transit exercise.
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