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07/05/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/05/2017 08:58

Laboon Visits Wilhelmshaven, Germany

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. DiNiro, USS Laboon (DDG 58) Public Affairs

WILHELMSHAVEN, Germany (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) pulled into Wilhelmshaven, Germany, for a scheduled port visit, July 4.

Laboon, part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

'This port visit provides us with an opportunity to meet with the people of Wilhelmshaven, and to experience the rich history and culture of Germany,' said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jason Labott. 'Port visits such as these strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and our allies and improve international relations. It's really a unique experience for the crew to get a taste of all the wonderful things Germany has to offer and enjoy much deserved liberty.'

Following the scheduled port visit, Laboon will continue to operate in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security operations, and increased theater security cooperation and forward naval presence as part of the GHWBCSG.

GHWBCSG is comprised of the staff of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the nine squadrons and staff of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Truxtun (DDG 103); and Mayport-based guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Hue City (CG 66).

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