By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erika L. Kugler
The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrived in Marseille, France, for a scheduled port visit, April 27.
While in port, Sailors will participate in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours, community outreach (COMREL) projects, explore the culture, and celebrate the U.S. Navy’s partnership with the country of France.
“Time and time again, France's Marine Nationale and the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) have worked together at sea pursuing mutual interests in maintaining free and open access for all in international waters. The integration and teamwork involved in this pursuit has been a highlight of our operations over the last six months," said Capt. Randy Peck, commanding officer of the John C. Stennis. "Now, my crew has the opportunity to more fully appreciate our French partners as allies and friends, and the crew could not be more excited to experience French culture and pursue a more personal connection to the partnership we have enjoyed since 1775."
The crew will make contributions to the local community through several service initiatives. Sailors will paint and help with other facility improvements at the Marseille’s Youth Center before interacting with the youth. Sailors will also be able to visit Rhone American Cemetery, Blue Stars Football Club, compete in a friendly soccer match with local Marseille firefighters, and be hosted by France Etats-Unis as they enjoy a concert and dinner honoring the Sailors.
The John C. Stennis is in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the JCSCSG deployment in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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