MARSEILLE, France (NNS) -- Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed Marseille, France, after completing a scheduled port visit, Nov. 4.
"This visit to Marseille was an excellent opportunity for our Sailors to relax," said Capt Andrew Loiselle, the commanding officer of George H.W. Bush. "It was also a chance for all of us to learn more about France and French culture. I am extremely pleased that we were able to both experience Marseille and welcome some French guests on board our ship to meet our Sailors. We were also able to participate in discussions with the French navy on the continued importance of our close relationship operating together."
Sailors had the opportunity to relax and enjoy the culture of Marseille. They enjoyed wine tasting tours, local food, sightseeing and the various cities surrounding Marseille including Paris.
George H.W. Bush hosted more than 200 distinguished visitors this port visit.
The U.S. Navy has long maintained a presence in Europe and Africa to promote peace, regional cooperation and security. The long-term commitment to improve maritime safety and security is part of a larger U.S. government and inter-agency team effort to enhance stability worldwide. Naval domain awareness is the first step toward improving maritime safety and security.
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
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