PORTSMOUTH, England (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth, Oct. 6, as part of a scheduled port visit.
Farragut’s presence is aimed towards enhancing U.S.-UK relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. The purpose of the ship’s visit is to demonstrate the enduring partnership and mutual commitment to regional security and stability.
“As Farragut moors in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth, we not only have another opportunity to tour the beautiful country and immerse ourselves in the scenery, but we also have the chance to strengthen our partnership with a NATO ally,” said Cmdr. Jason Lester, Farragut’s executive officer. “Farragut continues to be extremely grateful and honored to be hosted by partner nations such as England as our ship continues to operate in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations.”
The port visit is Farragut’s second time in HMNB Portsmouth since departing on a scheduled deployment from Naval Station Mayport, April 11. The arrival has many Farragut Sailors eager to once again be immersed in the rich culture and history that runs throughout the country.
“When I joined the Navy, I never thought I would go to England, so having the opportunity to explore the country is wonderful,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Evens Previle. “When I get home from deployment, I will be able to say I’ve been to all these beautiful countries and seen all these beautiful sights. I’m also looking forward to seeing the similarities and differences between our country and England.”
On the other hand, the port visit offers a unique opportunity for Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Julianna Stevenson who served and lived in England for three years.
“My favorite memory in England would have to be marrying my husband, an Englishman, and then followed by visits to Tudor castles,” said Stevenson. “This port visit has me looking forward to seeing my in-laws who I have not had the opportunity to see since getting married two years ago.”
During the visit, Farragut Sailors will conduct ship maintenance while also refueling and stores and supplies necessary for continuous operations at sea. Liberty is also a mission for Farragut Sailors as they work towards building a closer relationship with the citizens of England through touring the sights the country has to offer.
Farragut is currently deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. With USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the flagship, deployed strike group units include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG 8), Destroyer Squadron Two Eight (DESRON 28) and Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1).
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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