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USNS Carson City Arrives in Syros

March 16, 2018 at 3:11 PM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

The Spearhead-class fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) arrived in Syros, Greece, March 16, 2018, for a scheduled port visit, to enhance U.S.-Greece relations as the two nations work together for a stable and secure European region.

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The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of the region.

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“Our crew is excited for this port visit and the relationships we expect to build here.  These types of visits allow us to gain enhanced ties with our partners and allow our crew to experience the rich history of Greece.”

--Nicholas Adema, captain of Carson City

Quick Facts: 
Carson City is an Expeditionary Fast Transport ship manned by civilian mariners with military personnel embarked as required by mission sponsors.
The Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) program contains EPFs designed for rapid, intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment. Each EPF has a reconfigurable 20,000-square-foot mission bay that can quickly adapt to support a number of different missions from carrying containerized portable hospitals and dry cargo for humanitarian aid/disaster relief, to transporting tanks and general dry cargo.
Strengthening alliances during port visits demonstrate the shared commitment to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability with partners, such as Greece.
Previous port visits to Greece include the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Trenton in May 2017, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto in December 2016, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan in December 2016, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City in July 2017.
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.
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