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UK and US Ambassadors to Bahrain Visit USS Philadelphia

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Story Number: NNS071010-20
Release Date: 10/10/2007 4:25:00 PM

From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MINA SALMAN PIER, Bahrain (NNS) -- The British and American ambassadors to Bahrain visited USS Philadelphia (SSN 690), Oct. 5.

U.K. Ambassador Jamie Bowden and U.S. Ambassador Adam Ereli joined Deputy Combined Maritime Force Component Commander Royal Navy Commodore Keith Winstanley for a tour aboard the nuclear-powered submarine.

The visit gave the ambassadors a chance to see how a U.S. Navy submarine operates.

“The more we can visit these ships and gain an appreciation for what the Navy is doing here, the more we can offer our help,” said Ereli. “Tours like these are hugely important.”

“We’re honored for the opportunity to show off the ship and share with them how vital Maritime Security Operations (MSO) are to stability in this region,” said Cmdr. Jeff Jablon, Philadelphia’s commanding officer.

Jablon presented the ambassadors with a command hat and a plaque to commemorate their visit to the submarine.

Philadelphia is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group conducting MSO.

MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment and complements the counter-terrorism and security efforts in regional nations’ littoral waters. Coalition forces also conduct MSO under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that commercial shipping and fishing can occur safely in the region.

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