By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maxwell Anderson
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) arrived in Durres, Albania March 28, 2019, for a scheduled port visit, to enhance U.S.-Albania relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.
The ship’s port visit coincides with the 10th anniversary of Albania’s accession into NATO, which is a significant milestone for the country of Albania and the NATO alliance. These types of visits demonstrate our commitment to regional stability and maritime security in this vital region of the world.
“The Gonzalez crew and I look forward to the unique opportunity we have to be in Albania for a visit that very closely coincides with the 10th anniversary of the country’s accession to NATO. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with our NATO allies, and to experiencing the warm hospitality of Durres.”
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Durres builds enduring relationships and emphasizes our shared commitment to promoting security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability as NATO members.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.