USS Harry S. Truman Arrives in Rhodes, Greece

Story Number: NNS080508-24Release Date: 5/8/2008 3:48:00 PM
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From USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

RHODES, Greece (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) arrived in Rhodes on May 7, for a goodwill port visit as part of the ship's routine deployment in the region.

While in port, approximately 5,000 Sailors have a chance to sightsee, shop and enjoy recreational activities and participate in cultural exchanges with the citizens of Rhodes.

Truman entered the Mediterranean Sea May 6 to support the U.S. 6th Fleet's strategic priority of improving maritime security and safety in the region following five months in the Persian Gulf supporting Maritime Security Operations and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"The Sailors have spent the last several months dedicated to our maritime security mission and are looking forward to visiting Rhodes to explore the historical significance and beauty of Greece," said Capt. Herm Shelanski, Harry S. Truman's commanding officer. "I am confident in our Sailors' ability to represent the United States and be goodwill ambassadors."

While in port, Truman is scheduled to host a variety of activities for Sailors to show their appreciation by giving back to the local community.

"Our visit to Rhodes reinforces the strategic relationship between our two countries and highlights our shared commitment to promoting peace and stability in the region," said Rear Adm. Mark Fox, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 (CCSG-10). "The people of Rhodes have provided a warm welcome and we look forward to returning the hospitality by hosting local dignitaries during our sunset reception as well as participating in a local community relations project in Rodini Park."

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