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Mitscher Departs Civitavecchia, Italy
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) departed Civitavecchia, Italy, on Oct. 7, 2018, following a four-day port visit.
Civitavecchia, known as the “Port of Rome,” links its shipping and maritime transport industry to the capital via rail.
“I have always heard of the hospitality in Italy, but the people of Rome and Civitavecchia were so positively overwhelming,” said Cmdr. Ian Scaliatine, commanding officer of Mitscher. “USS Mitscher will remember this visit for a lifetime.”
The ease of travel and inviting atmosphere allowed Mitscher’s crew the opportunity to explore Civitavecchia as well as Rome.
“Walking around, you can see the beautiful history of Italy,” said Quartermaster Seaman Jonathon Wagner. “Despite the language barrier, everyone was really helpful and made the experience better.”
Upon the ship’s departure, Mitscher will participate in Mare Aperto, a multilateral maritime warfare exercise led by the Italian Navy that is designed to improve interoperability and proficiency of naval units. Held in the Mediterranean Sea, the exercise will test the coalition’s ability to conduct coordinating missions against air, surface, and amphibious landing forces.
“I cannot imagine a better way to start our exercise with the Italian Navy,” said Scaliatine. “This visit was an amazing opportunity to conduct the final planning and coordination with the Italian Navy for our upcoming exercise.”
Mitscher, homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, is in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
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.
For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.