USS Gettysburg Departs Italy

Story Number: NNS110616-05Release Date: 6/16/2011 8:48:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Betsy Lynn Knapper, USS Gettysburg (CG 64) Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) departed Naples, Italy, June 14 after a three-day port visit.

On the crew's first night, 40 Gettysburg Sailors attended a reception aboard the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), which was also enjoying a liberty call. Gettysburg Sailors had the opportunity to interact with their carrier shipmates and approximately 600 guests and local dignitaries at the event, which included an address from Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/ commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.

"The Bush reception was great," said Capt. Patrick O. Shea, USS Gettysburg commanding officer. "Captain Luther's [commanding officer of Bush] team really put together a nice presentation, and it was good to mingle with all the major staffs."

Sailors were also given the opportunity to visit the historical sites Italy has to offer during trip to Rome provided by the ship's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) department.

"The people were nice in Rome and seemed to enjoy us being there," said Damage Controlman Fireman Phillip M. Huskie. "I wish we had more time in Rome."

In addition to the tours, MWR provided transportation for Sailors to go to the U.S. Naval Base in Naples, where they were able to shop for needed items and use the internet to communicate with family and friends back home.

"This port visit was a huge success," said Shea. "It had the right mix of adventure and great base services for our Sailors."

Naples marked the third port visit of Gettysburg's 2011 deployment.

"We are going to spend a little bit more time here in 6th Fleet and then continue on with our mission through significant parts of the 5th Fleet area of responsibility," said Shea. "As we proceed deeper into deployment, we have to be ready for anything and ready for change. Not only will the weather change, but so will our mission."

Gettysburg is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group, comprised of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush, the guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57), and the guided-missile cruisers Gettysburg and USS Anzio (CG 68).

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