04/10/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/10/2017 08:37
From U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
WILHELMSHAVEN, Germany (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) arrived in Wilhelmshaven, Germany for a scheduled port visit, April 9, to enhance U.S.- Germany relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.
The ship's presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of NATO under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
'We'll continue to be ambassadors of our Navy and our nation, as we have in past deployments. Amazing opportunities like this build lasting ties with our allies and allow our crew to experience the rich history of Wilhelmshaven. Both on duty and on liberty, our Sailors foster peace and friendship with our hosts while expressing our gratitude for their hospitality.'
-Cmdr. Steven McCauley, executive officer, USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55)
Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Wilhelmshaven demonstrates the shared commitment we have to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability with allies like Germany.
The United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies and support for our partners in Europe. All DoD efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under the umbrella of Atlantic Resolve.
Leyte Gulf departed its homeport in Norfolk March 27 to conduct maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operation.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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