NEWS | Sept. 20, 2018

Arleigh Burke Arrives in Rota, Spain

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough, Carrier Strike Group Eight Public Affairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived at Naval Support Activity Rota, Spain, Sept. 20, 2018, for a scheduled port visit.

            Rota, a small Spanish municipality located along the Bay of Cadiz in the Atlantic Ocean, is home to the largest American military community in Spain, housing U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel and military assets.

This port call is Arleigh Burke’s third visit to Rota during the ship’s 2018 deployment. While in port, Arleigh Burke will refuel, resupply, and complete maintenance and repairs while giving Sailors the opportunity to experience the local Spanish culture.

Arleigh Burke, the first ship in the class of Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyers, is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG). With the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the flagship, deploying strike group assets include staffs, ships, and aircraft of CSG-8, Destroyer Squadron 28 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1.

Harry S. Truman CSG departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment to support maritime security operations in support of U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.