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USS James E. Williams Departs Kiel Germany After BALTOPS 2017
The port visit served to enhance U.S.-Germany relations as the two nations work together for a stable and secure Europe.
BALTOPS 2017, which took place June 1-17, is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region and one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe.
While in Kiel, the Sailors aboard James E. Williams, along with many of our NATO allies and partners, participated in several Kiel Week events including a wreath laying ceremony, soccer tournament, shooting competition, rugby tournament, and ship tours for distinguished visitors and the general public.
USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) continues a routine deployment to conduct maritime operations with NATO allies and partners in the Navy’s U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operation.
"This port visit provided us with an opportunity to meet with the people of Kiel, and to experience the rich history and culture of northern Germany. Engagements such as these strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and our allies as we work toward mutual goals."
- Cmdr. Joe Fals, executive officer, USS James E. Williams (DDG 95)