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USS Carter Hall’s Amsterdam Port Visit Bolsters U.S., Netherlands Partnership in NATO

June 22, 2016 at 11:46 AM UTC
Lt. j.g. Chris Giglio, USS Carter Hall Assistant Public Affairs Officer

AMSTERDAM – The Amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), in conjunction with the U.S. Consul in Amsterdam, hosted bilateral talks and a reception June 21, 2016.

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Participants in the talks included Vice Adm. James Foggo III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet,  and Lt. Gen. Rob Verkerk, Commander, Royal Netherlands Navy.

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“There is a kindred spirit of friendship and comradery between Netherlands and the United States of America. It’s all about security and prosperity in Europe.  We sent a very strong message of unity and strength to our Baltic brothers and sisters. Right now, the United States Navy has 840,000 tons of grey-hulled American warships operating in the waters of Europe; the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, that is more than we’ve ever had since 2003.”

- Vice Adm. James Foggo III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet

Quick Facts: 
The discussion was an opportunity to highlight the ongoing cooperation between the U.S. and the Netherlands in the security of Europe and the Baltic region as NATO member states.
Following the talks, guests attended a reception held on the ship’s flight deck. A color guard ceremony was performed, and guests had the opportunity to view a photographic slideshow of images taken during BALTOPS which underscored the increased presence of the Navy in Europe.
USS Carter Hall is homeported at Joint Expeditionary Little Creek/ Fort Story, Virginia, and is assigned to Amphibious Squadron Eight. She is participating in BALTOPS along with embarked Landing Craft Air Cushion and crew from Assault Craft Unit Four, and Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force.
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.