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USS Porter Departs Helsinki, Finland

April 23, 2018 at 12:12 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Helsinki, Finland April 22, 2018, after a scheduled port visit which enhanced U.S.-Finland relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.

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The ships presence in the Baltic Sea is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security.

While in Helsinki, Sailors had the opportunity to participate in guided tours provided by the Finnish navy. Later in the week, Porter hosted a reception for distinguished guests.

“Our reception onboard emphasized the Navy’s commitment to our partner nations and the dedication Porter Sailors have to delivering that message,” said Porter’s Command Master Chief Abel Greigo. “The crew was pleased to host Finland and be a platform for continued friendship between our countries. The experience for young Sailors onboard is memorable, and they did a fine job showing off Freedom’s Champion.”

Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) also provided Sailors the opportunity to partake in guided tours of Helsinki and a few surrounding cities.

“It was a really cool experience to get to see some of the towns around Helsinki that are less visited,” said Yeoman 3rd Class Giovanny Lopez. “The tour guide was really amazing because without her knowledge I would have walked past a lot of places not realizing how important they are to Helsinki.”

Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Helsinki built enduring relationships and emphasized our shared commitment to promoting security and stability within the region.

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 and Africa.

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