The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) arrived in Palma, Spain, for a scheduled port visit April 24 to enhance U.S.-Spain relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous Europe.
This visit is intended to promote enduring relationships between the United States and ally Spain.
“These types of engagements will strengthen the bonds between us and the Spanish, and also our other coalition partners as we work towards mutual goals,” said Cmdr. John S. Lucas IV, USS Bulkeley’s executive officer. “It is through these strengthened relationships that we will be able to increase peace and prosperity throughout the region. As NATO Allies, we share a commitment to promote peace and stability and seek opportunities to strengthen our maritime partnership.”
Sailors will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with the people of Palma.
“This port visit to Palma de Mallorca allows my crew the opportunity to meet their allies in Spain and get to experience their rich history and culture,” said Cmdr. William Harkin, Bulkeley’s commanding officer.
While in port, USS Bulkeley officers and crew will host a tour of the ship for Spanish officials, and volunteers will participate in community relations projects with a visit to a local food bank as well as an adult learning center.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours will give Sailors the opportunity to see the many castles, monuments and attractions Palma has to offer.
USS Bulkeley is currently deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman carrier strike group. With the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the flagship, deploying strike group units include staff, ships, and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group EIGHT (CSG 8), Destroyer Squadron TWO EIGHT (DESRON 28) and Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1); as well as Sachsen-class German Frigate FGS Hessen.
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sara Eshleman, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group