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Normandy Arrives in Zeebrugge, Belgium

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS181009-15
Release Date: 10/9/2018 10:49:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Chen, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) arrived in Zeebrugge, Belgium, for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 5.

Normandy is here to enhance U.S. - Belgian relations and demonstrate the enduring partnership and mutual commitment to regional security and stability while giving Sailors time for a much needed rest.

"The most effective way of enhancing partnerships is through joint cooperation and what better way to facilitate cooperation than visiting for a port call," said Capt. Chris Stone, commanding officer of Normandy. "As our Sailors immerse themselves in the rich and vibrant local culture, we bring ourselves to a better understanding of our long-standing NATO ally."

Sailors will have the opportunity to experience the culture and heritage as well as visit historical sites in the local area.

"I've heard a lot of great things about Zeebrugge from the [Executive Officer] and I'm excited to check it all out," said Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Andrew Baird. "I'm especially excited to see the picturesque towns, the medieval castles and Renaissance art. But you can't forget to get beer, frites and Belgian waffles or you won't get the full experience."

The Normandy is scheduled to host a reception to celebrate the partnerships between the two nations as they work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.

Normandy is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Normandy is currently deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. The Harry S. Truman carrier strike group will continue its deployment by conducting sustainment operations in the North Sea.

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