LISBON, Portugal (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for a routine port visit Nov. 3.
The port visit will continue efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships in order to enhance regional stability. It will also give Sailors the opportunity to meet with the people of Lisbon and experience the rich history and culture of Portugal.
"I cannot wait to explore all that Lisbon has to offer," said Lt. j.g. Dustin Ellis, Roosevelt's navigator. "I plan to tour Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George's Castle), Bairro Alto and the seaside town of Sintra."
Sailors will have opportunities to participate in numerous tours including a wine tasting tour and a tour of the coastline. Additionally, Sailors will assist in the renovation of a warehouse at the Ronald McDonald House facility - a place many families call home while their children receive treatment at Hospital D. Estefania in Lisbon.
"Community relations projects have always been my favorite part of deployment," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Torian Parker. "There is no better way to get to know people than to work towards a common good alongside each other."
Roosevelt will also host several leaders of the Portuguese navy aboard for a ship tour.
"I'm looking forward to hosting our distinguished guests and getting out to enjoy some of the local history and cuisine," said Commanding Officer Jason Reller. "It's a real pleasure to be back in Lisbon. It's been 16 years since my first visit and I'm thrilled to be back in this beautiful city."
Roosevelt, homeported in Mayport, Florida, is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of national security interests in Europe.
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