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Bulkeley's Wolfpack Visits Spain

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS151130-01
Release Date: 11/30/2015 8:07:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class M. J. Lieberknecht

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) pulled into Malaga, Spain, Nov. 29, to enhance U.S.-Spain relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.

While in Malaga, Bulkeley's crew visited local caves, beaches, and historical sites, and participated in a community service day at a local hospice.

Overall, the port visit provided Bulkeley with an opportunity to meet with the people of Malaga and to experience the rich history and culture of Spain.

'Malaga has always been a welcoming city,' said Cmdr. Hank Allen, USS Bulkeley's commanding officer. 'USS McFaul was here in May and was able to join in the celebration for Spanish General Bernardo de Galvez, whose cultural importance to both nations is highlighted by the fact that he was one of only eight people ever to be given honorary American citizenship. We appreciate this city extending another opportunity for a U.S. ship to visit this year and its continued support for the U.S. Navy.'

Bulkeley and ships and aircraft from the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, to include the flagship USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) with embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Gravely (DDG 107), USS Ramage (DDG 61), and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), departed their homeport of Norfolk Naval Station, Nov. 16, as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.

The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.

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