PALMA, Spain (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Palma, Spain March 26 for a regularly scheduled port visit.
The visit serves to continue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnerships with European nations and improve maritime safety and security in the region.
"Palma is a great scheduled port visit for us. It's a good place to experience Spanish culture, and a way for our countries and militaries to gain a better understanding about each other," said Cmdr. Martin F. Arriola, Porter's commanding officer.
Upon pulling into Palma, the commanding officer, executive officer, and the command master chief paid an official visit to Capt. Jose Maria Lavilla Llano, commander-in-chief, naval sector Balearic Islands.
The ship also plans to host a dinner reception on the flight deck for local female leaders in the local police force, government, military, and justice department.
Static displays will be staged to highlight some of the equipment used in the conduct of maritime security operations, force protection, and damage control.
"Port visits like this strengthen relations with the host country and the U.S.," said Master Chief Michael Kelly, Porter's command master chief.
While in port, the officers and crew will meet with local officials, host a tour of the ship for Spanish officials, play sports with local teams and help reforest a region of the island recently devastated by fires.
"It's a great chance for our Sailors to get out see the local culture and provide assistance at the same time," said Cmdr. Jennifer Couture, the ship's executive officer. "Our goal is to make a positive impact in the local community, and this is an excellent way to do so."
The port visit also offers a wide variety of historical buildings and sites for the crew to visit.
"Everyone on board has heard a lot about the culture and sights of Palma de Mallorca, and being here will give them a chance to relax and recharge," said Kelly.
Porter is conducting this port visit as part of a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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