JIJEL, Algeria –
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in the commercial port of Djen Djen, Algeria near the city of Jijel, for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 18, 2022.
Farragut’s arrival in Algeria follows a previous visit by the Sentinel-class fast response cutters USCGC Clarence Sutphin Jr. (WPC 1147) and USCGC John Scheuerman (WPC 1146) to Algiers in July. These visits, along with Algerian and U.S. participation in exercise Phoenix Express 2022 earlier this year, demonstrate the close bond between the two countries and their mutual commitment to security and maritime partnership in the region.
While in port, the ship and crew will host Algerian civilian and military leaders, providing an opportunity to continue building on the strong and enduring relationship between the United States and Algeria, as well as other partners and allies in the region.
“Our crew is looking forward to conducting operations with the Algerian military,” said Cmdr. Nicholas Gurley, commanding officer of Farragut. “My crew intuitively understands our role as military ambassadors, and we appreciate the opportunity to work together to build on our relationship and maintain security in the region.”
Farragut Sailors will also be able to participate in cultural events hosted by the Algerian military to strengthen interpersonal rapport with the local Algerian population.
Since departing Naval Station Norfolk in August, Farragut has operated in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), as well as NATO allies and partners in the region.
For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability.
Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces through the full spectrum of joint and naval operations.
The GHWBCSG is on a scheduled deployment in the NAVEUR-NAVAF area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 and the GHWBCSG. CSG-10 is comprised of George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, the Information Warfare Commander, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55).