By Ensign Cody L. Keim
The Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and embarked Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Gdynia, Poland, July 9, 2018, after a scheduled port visit. The visit served to enhance U.S.-Poland relations as the two NATO allies work together for a stable, secure and prosperous region.
During the port visit, Oak Hill was able to complete needed maintenance, ensuring the amphibious ship’s sustained operational readiness and ability to complete any U.S. 6th Fleet tasking.
While in Gdynia, the approximately 800 Sailors and Marines embarked on Oak Hill were afforded the opportunity to participate in the Polish Navy’s 100 year celebration, as well as the chance to engage in 11 volunteer community relations events, strengthening U.S.-Poland partnerships.
The ship’s presence in the Baltic Sea is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of the European region.
"USS Oak Hill and its embarked Marines from the 26th MEU thoroughly enjoyed visiting Gdynia, Poland, and discovered the warmth of its people and the beauty of the surrounding area,” said Capt. Brian Finman, deputy commodore of Amphibious Squadron 4. “In all of our interactions with the Polish Navy and the citizens of Poland, we were thoroughly impressed with a genuine sense of friendship and hospitality displayed. As we depart, Oak Hill and its Marines would like to express our gratitude to the Polish people and wish the best for our shared interests in a secure and peaceful future."