The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Cherbourg, France, April 7, 2018, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-France relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.
The ships presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security.
“The Porter team is very excited to be here in Cherbourg alongside one of our greatest allies. The opportunity to experience the rich history of this area proves that our alliance with France has been ever present and will continue in years to come. The crew is looking forward to taking in many of the history lessons from the area along with developing lasting relationships with our French counterparts”, said Cmdr. John V. Tobin, Commanding Officer of USS Porter.
During Porter’s time in Cherbourg, the crew will be participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and beach cleanup projects at the Utah Beach Museum and the Pointe Du Hoc Beach.
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Cherbourg builds enduring relationships and emphasizes our shared commitment to promoting security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance out interoperability as NATO allies.
Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota April 2, 2018.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
MC3 Ford Williams