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USS Porter Arrives in Helsinki, Finland

April 18, 2018 at 12:17 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Helsinki, Finland, April 18, 2018, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Finland relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.

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The port visit follows a bilateral interoperability live-fire gunnery exercise between the two navies.

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"Porter is very exited to be in Helsinki, working alongside one of our greatest partners. The reception that they have given us has been great and we are looking forward to all the great events that we will be participating in between our two navies.”

Cmdr. John V. Tobin, commanding officer of Porter

Quick Facts: 
Porter Sailors will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the city from their Finnish maritime counterparts. In addition, the ship will be hosting a reception onboard.
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Helsinki builds enduring relationships and emphasizes our shared commitment to promoting security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance out interoperability.
Finland is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its Navy.
Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota April 2, 2018.
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.
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