USS Truxtun Arrives in Civitavecchia

Story Number: NNS111123-08Release Date: 11/23/2011 12:35:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Tony D. Curtis, USS Truxtun Public Affairs

CIVITAVECCHIA, Italy (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun arrived in Civitavecchia, Italy, Nov. 23, for a regularly scheduled port visit.

Civitavecchia is a port town which lies on the outskirts of Italy's capital and historic center, Rome.

During the visit, Truxtun's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department coordinated a variety of tours and visits for the Sailors to take full advantage.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to visit the Vatican through the MWR tour," said Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Solaris F. Vercelli. "I don't know that I'll ever have the chance to come back to Italy on my own."

Sailors will also have the opportunity to will meet with local officials, participate in cultural activities and explore the area on their own.

"Throughout my naval career I've been lucky enough to visit other interesting and historical ports," said Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Justin P. Merrill. "Rome is going to be another awesome place to explore and check off of my list."

Civitavecchia is Truxtun's final port visit of its first operational deployment, as the ship makes its way back to its homeport of Norfolk, Va.

This visit serves to continue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnerships with European nations and improve maritime safety and security. Truxtun is conducting this port visit as part of a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) pulls into Civitavecchia, Italy, for a scheduled port visit.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
November 23, 2011
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