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USS Porter Arrives in Venice, Italy

January 4, 2017 at 11:14 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ford Williams, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Venice, Italy, for a scheduled port visit Dec. 30 to enhance U.S.-Italy relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.

The ship's presence in the Mediterranean is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy's continued commitment to NATO and the collective security of the European region.

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"Visiting a city with a historic seafaring tradition such as Venice allows us to celebrate our enduring friendship as we share customs and traditions. Many Americans trace their heritage here, and this port provides a unique opportunity for the entire crew to experience the rich culture of Italy."

- Cmdr. Andria Slough, Commanding Officer, USS Porter (DDG 78)

"This is my first time in Venice. I'm excited to experience another world-renowned destination. I love Italy, so it should be a great experience."

- Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Raru Steadmon

Quick Facts: 
Porter is conducting a routine port visit to strengthen the enduring partnership with Italy by providing Sailors an opportunity to experience the hospitality and culture of Venice.
Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Venice demonstrates the shared commitment we have to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with NATO allies and partners.
Porter is currently operating in the Mediterranean Sea, working with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve our maritime forces, maintain regional security, and work towards mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe.
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 Nov. 30.
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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