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USS Forrest Sherman Hosts Albanian Dignitaries

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150401-11
Release Date: 4/1/2015 12:46:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor N. Stinson, Navy Public Affairs Support Element EAST, USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) Public Affairs

VLORE, Albania (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) hosted a reception for senior Albanian defense officials aboard the ship March 31.

The reception was an expression of Forrest Sherman's appreciation for hosting the ship and her crew in Vlore, and it also served to strengthen the ties between the U.S. and Albania.

The guest list included Prime Minister of Defense for the Republic of Albania Mimi Kodheli, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Albania Donald Lu, and other members of Albania's Ministry of Defense.

'Forrest Sherman is honored to host such an honorable contingent as Minister Kodheli and the rest of Albania's Ministry of Defense,' said Forrest Sherman's Commanding Officer Cmdr. John Krisciunas. 'Throughout our port visit we've had the opportunity to learn from each others' navies in various theater security cooperation exercises. Hosting a reception for our friends and fellow NATO member, Albania, is a tremendous opportunity to further the already-strong relationship we enjoy.'

Forrest Sherman's port visit serves to continue U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet's efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships in order to enhance regional stability. The port visit will include a community relations project and a visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) training evolution with Albanian military forces.

Forrest Sherman is part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), which is comprosed of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Destroyer Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and USS Farragut (DDG 99).

Forrest Sherman is the 47th ship of the Navy's Arleigh Burke-class ships. She was commissioned Jan. 28, 2006 and is the second U.S. Navy warship to bear her name. USS Forrest Sherman (DD 931) was the first completely new destroyer to be built after World War II and was named for the late Admiral Forrest Percival Sherman, former chief of naval operations. The former was launched Feb. 5, 1955 and was decommissioned Nov. 5, 1982.

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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