The U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) arrived in Mobile, Alabama Feb. 9 to celebrate Mardi Gras with the local community.
The ship’s visit is designed to give area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy and our Sailors. Upon her arrival, Philippine Sea’s crew was welcomed by Mobile’s Mayor, Sandy Stimpson, and local officials.
“This port call is a great opportunity to connect with the public, share our story and communicate how the Navy operates worldwide to support our national security and economic prosperity,” said Capt. Peter K. Nilsen, commanding officer of Philippine Sea. “We are excited to be here in Mobile and we appreciate the hospitality and warm welcome from the community.”
From Feb. 9-13, approximately 300 sailors participated in Mardi Gras events throughout the city, which include celebrations and marching in the parade.
The ship was also opened for public tours.
USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) is a Flight II Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser on active service in the United States Navy. She is named for the Battle of the Philippine Sea during World War II and is the second ship to bear the name.
The ship is a component of Carrier Strike Group Two (CSG 2) led by USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77).
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