LIMASSOL, Cyprus (NNS) -- Sailors stationed aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) participated in a community engagement project at a Limassol rehabilitation center during their port visit, Feb. 11.
Members of Mahan's chapter of Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) organized the event at the Theotokos Foundation, a care and rehabilitation center in Limassol.
"The joy I had in my heart and mind from helping out the residents of the Theotokos Foundation was far more relaxing than any recreational activity I could ever participate in," said Seaman Marc Bright.
The Theotokos Foundation was founded in 1969 with the aim of providing basic care and rehabilitation to mentally challenged persons. Today the center is comprised of 5 units a boarding house, day care unit, integrated housing unit, child development center, and an art shop.
Mahan's CSADD chapter has conducted a number of similar engagement events on their current deployment, including an orphanage in Naples, Italy, and a women's shelter in Haifa, Israel.
"The Navy has provided me with the unique opportunity to participate in these projects which strengthen ties with other countries and impact lives around the world," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Augustus Lartey.
Mahan, homeported out of Norfolk, Va., is currently on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
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