USS Roosevelt Departs Crete After Successful Port Visit

Story Number: NNS141030-04Release Date: 10/30/2014 11:13:00 AM
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By Lt.j.g. Marycate Walsh, USS Roosevelt Public Affairs

SOUDA BAY, Crete (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) departed Souda Bay, Crete, Oct. 28 after a successful scheduled port visit.

The port visit gave Sailors the opportunity to meet some of the people from Crete and to experience the rich history and culture of Greece.

"I feel so lucky to have been able to explore the beautiful city of Chania," said Lt. j.g. Matthew Sanders, Roosevelt's strike officer. "The food was fantastic -- especially the fresh fish. The local people were proud to tell us about their homeland. It certainly is a special place."

The ship hosted leadership from Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay during the visit. Capt. Michael Moore, commanding officer of NSA Souda Bay, and Cmdr. Clifford Allen, executive officer of NSA Souda Bay, joined Roosevelt's officers for lunch in the wardroom.

"It was fantastic to be here in Crete," said Cmdr. Jason Reller, commanding officer of Roosevelt. "Routine port visits like these strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and our allies as we work toward mutual security in the Mediterranean Sea."

Roosevelt, homeported in Mayport, Florida, deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in February. Roosevelt is now conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits in a strait transit formation with ships from Carrier Strike Group 12.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
September 25, 2014
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