USS Winston S. Churchill Visits Portsmouth, U.K.


Story Number: NNS100609-05Release Date: 6/9/2010 4:44:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stuart Phillips, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL, At Sea (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), named for the former British prime minister and national hero, moored in Portsmouth, U.K. for a five-day port visit June 3.

Churchill's commanding officer, Cmdr. Juan Orozco, invited Winston S. Churchill's daughter, Lady Mary Soames, to the ship for a tour and luncheon. Later that evening, Churchill hosted a reception aboard for officers of the Royal Navy.

One of the highlights of the Churchill's port visit was a frocking ceremony June 7 for the 25 Sailors who were advanced during the March exams. The ceremony was held aboard HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

"It just reinforced the special relationship that our two nations and navies share," said Orozco. "One could not pick a more historical location for such an important ceremony than on the deck of Admiral Nelson's flagship. This is an experience that we will never forget, what a ship!"

Aboard Victory, Orozco promoted 25 Sailors to 1st, 2nd and 3rd class petty officer.

"It was a big moment for me," said newly frocked Cryptological Technician 2nd Class Karyn Varnell, of Hyattsville, Md.

Victory's commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Oscar Whild, congratulated the newly promoted Sailors and wished them good luck with the remainder of their deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Churchill deployed with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) in support of Maritime Security Operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. HST CSG includes Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 staff, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Carrier Air Wing 3, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 26 staff and German frigate FGS Hessen (F221).

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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