MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- The U.S. ambassador to Bahrain and five other international ambassadors, as well as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Nov. 18.
U.S. ambassador to Bahrain Adam Ereli and ambassadors from France, England, Germany, Japan and India were treated to a reception, dinner and tour while the ship was in Manama for a port visit to strengthen partnership and theater security cooperation in the region.
Rear Adm. Mark Guadagnini, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, welcomed the opportunity to host such a diverse group of guests.
"Working with allies and regional partners in a wide range of exercises and operations is an essential aspect of our mission," said Guadagnini. "Without the efforts of many nations, and many navies, we could not conduct the breadth of missions as successfully as we do."
While in port, Lincoln Sailors participated in several sporting events with local teams, experienced the Bahraini culture through Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours and participated in a community service project.
Commander, NAVCENT, Vice Adm. Mark Fox stressed the importance of U.S. Navy port visits in the region and cooperation among regional partners.
"We welcome the opportunity to give back to our neighbors and friends," Fox said. "The Lincoln Sailors did a great job in furthering our friendships here in Bahrain."
CSG 9 consists of flagship Abraham Lincoln, embarked Carrier Air Wing 2, USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9.
Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sterett (DDG 104).
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