USS Porter arrives in Montenegro for scheduled port visit

U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) arrived in Bar, Montenegro on Sept. 21, for a scheduled port visit.

The statement from the Navy said that the visit serves to enhance U.S.-Montenegro relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous European region. It added that the ship’s presence in the Adriatic Sea is a demonstration of continued commitment to the collective security of the European region.

Porter is the first U.S. Navy ship visit to Montenegro since the country became a member of NATO in June this year.

A reception and VIP tour is scheduled aboard the ship for Margaret Uyehara, U.S. ambassador to Montenegro, Capt. Darko Vukovic, commander of the Montenegro navy, Zroan Srzentic, mayor of Bar, Montenegro, and Branka Nikezic, president of the local parliament.

Sailors plan to conduct bilateral training with the local fire department to demonstrate damage control operations aboard the ship. Additionally, Sailors plan to help paint and refurbish local schools and public service buildings during community relations events while in port.

Porter is on its fourth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe.

Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Bar builds enduring relationships and emphasizes the shared commitment to promoting safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability as NATO allies.

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.

Mass Comm, Spl. 3rd Class Krystina Coffey, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

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