By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cameron Stoner
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Tromso, Norway, Sept. 7, 2018.
The port visit serves as an opportunity for the NATO partners to continue working alongside each other in an effort towards fortifying regional security and stability.
While in port, Farragut Sailors will participate in a local community relations project in an effort to clean up a local park of debris. Positive reactions for the event could be seen from the crew as they rushed to fill the positions needed to show their appreciation for the country which has hosted them and their ship.
“We hope to beautify the area and create a more useful park for the citizens of Tromso while also building a greater relationship with Norway,” said Lt. Matthew Heathman, Farragut chaplain. “Events like these allow our Sailors to show that they value working together alongside the Norwegian military and allows for all involved to build contacts and friendships, while also having a positive impact on the local community.”
The ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation have supplied Sailors with an extensive list of landmarks, museums and other sights of interest, while also informing them of the various culinary specialties they may be interested in trying during their stay.
The visit marks Farragut’s third stop in Tromso, Norway, as the ship continues to be welcomed by the partner nation and its citizens.
Farragut, homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/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, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.