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USS Gettysburg Departs Plymouth, England After Successful Port Visit

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110602-14

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Betsy Lynn Knapper, USS Gettysburg Public Affairs

PLYMOUTH, England (NNS) -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) completed its first port visit for its 2011 deployment in Plymouth, England, May 31.

While in port, Sailors were able to take a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sponsored bus trip to London, Salisbury and Stonehenge, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

"It was great interaction and the Sailors had a blast," said Gettysburg Command Master Chief (SW) Brent H. Tidwell. "All of the people that I spoke to that had interaction with Gettysburg Sailors, said we had a great group of young men and women on the ship. That is one of the things I was really proud of and that just tops it off for me."

"I think the trips were definitely a success," said Lt.j.g. Kayla M. Johnson, Gettysburg MWR officer. "I've gotten great feedback from those who participated. Everyone who went to either London or Stonehenge and Salisbury had a great time and enjoyed seeing the historical sights."

The ship's MWR crew also set up a bus that picked Sailors up at the pier and dropped them off in downtown Plymouth throughout the day and late into the evening. Gettysburg Sailors were able to walk around the town, go shopping, try local food, and catch a movie.

"The English liaisons were extremely hospitable," said Johnson. "They played a huge role in our successful port visit in Plymouth."

Gettysburg made its way into Plymouth after departing Mayport, Fla., May 10, as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

The George H.W. Bush Strike Group consists of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57), and ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (F 102).

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