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USS Mahan Visits Ancient Port of Call In Greece

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS161209-08
Release Date: 12/9/2016 9:42:00 AM

By Petty Officer 1st Class Tim Comerford, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

PIRAEUS, Greece (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) arrived in Piraeus, Greece, Dec. 9, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Greece relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous Europe.

In addition to enjoying the rich culture of Greece, the Sailors expect to participate in a community relations event during their stay.


"It is a pleasure to stop in the fair city of Piraeus. I know Mahan's Sailors will show the people of Greece that they are courteous and amiable professionals. It is through port visits like this we strengthen the enduring partnerships between our countries, and allow our Sailors the opportunity to experience the hospitality of Piraeus and the rich culture of Greece." - Cmdr. Harold Bowman-Trayford, USS Mahan executive officer

Quick Facts:

Mahan plans to participate in a community relations project with the Muscular Dystrophy Association Hellas.

Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Greece demonstrates the shared commitment to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with allies like Greece.

Mahan, homeported in Norfolk, departed Nov. 19 and is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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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