ABOARD USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- Before bringing her nearly eight-month deployment to an end, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) made one final four-day port visit in Lisbon, Portugal, from May 12-16.
While in port Sailors had the chance to partake in Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored tours, participate in community relations (COMREL) projects, and host U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Alfred Hoffman Jr. and other visitors for a tour. The port call gave Ike Sailors the opportunity to relax one more time in another country before pulling into homeport, Norfolk.
"The port visit was great; I had a lot of fun," said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Derek Pomer. "What I enjoyed the most was just being able to relax on the beach."
MWR once again offered a variety of tours for Sailors to enjoy, including wine tasting, hiking and the chance to go shopping in downtown Lisbon.
"This had to be my favorite port visit so far," said Postal Clerk Seaman Apprentice Levi Houston. "The downtown shopping tour was cool. We got to see a lot of the city and do some shopping."
The religious ministries department sponsored COMREL projects for Sailors wishing to volunteer by teaching children, assisting orphans, helping the handicapped, working with food banks, and feeding the elderly.
"I participated in a COMREL project that had us helping people move furniture out of buildings so they could start their businesses," said Religious Program Specialist Seaman (SW/AW) Jayson Billstone. "It felt good making a good impression on these people and really just being able to help them."
Several Sailors also got together with local Lisbon military personnel to have fun and play a game of soccer.
"The soccer game went really well," said Personnel Specialist Seaman Carlos Guerra. "We all worked together as a team, and made some new friends as well."
With the beautiful city of Lisbon and its scenery behind them, Sailors began the final leg of their deployment home.
Ike is the flagship for the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, embarked Destroyer Squadron 28; guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68); guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61); and guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). The strike group deployed Oct. 3 from Norfolk.
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