BARCELONA, Spain (NNS) -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) departed Barcelona, Spain after completing a scheduled port visit, Nov. 5.
"Barcelona was an incredible port visit for Philippine Sea," said Cmdr. Randolph Chestang, Philippine Sea's executive officer. "The crew really enjoyed all the city had to offer from tours and museums to shopping and restaurants. Interacting with the locals, as well as people from all around the world, really added to the experience."
While in Barcelona, the crew was able to participate in a variety of tours organized by the ship's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) team. Sailors were able to truly experience Barcelona with wine tours hosted by a Barcelona winery that took the crew all across the city, and a trip to Camp Nou to watch a game of soccer hosted by Barcelona's pride and joy, FC Barcelona.
"Barcelona was amazing; all the architecture in the Gothic quarter was breathtaking," said Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Andrew Jones. "The Barcelona Cathedral was incredible and all the people were very friendly. And of course, the food was excellent."
Throughout the port visit Philippine Sea hosted various officials from the consulate and the city of Barcelona for tours and press events. Sailors were also interviewed by the local media.
Operations Specialist 3rd Class Jair Martinez, originally from Cartagena, Colombia, was one of the many who gave tours to the media.
"It was a very interesting experience to be interviewed in Spain, and it made me very excited to be able to speak Spanish with them," said Martinez. "We were able to show them what our Navy is about, and were able to strengthen the relationship between the two countries."
Philippine Sea homeported in Mayport, Florida and 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 U.S. national security interests in Europe.
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