By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough, Carrier Strike Group 8 Public Affairs
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, for a scheduled port visit Oct.ober 11, 2018.
Souda Bay, a bay andA natural harbor town located on the northwest coast of Crete, Souda Bay is a popular tourist destination and is home to Crete Naval Base, a major naval installation of the Hellenic Navy and NATO in the eastern Mediterranean.
This visit is the third port visit during the second half of Arleigh Burke’s 2018 deployment and reaffirms cooperation efforts between partner nations and helps to establish conditions for security and stability in the region.
During the visit, Arleigh Burke Sailors will have the opportunity to take several Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours, view historical sights, and experience the culture of Crete.
“We are honored and excited to visit this beautiful country,” said Cmdr. Errol Robinson, commanding officer of Arleigh Burke. “The crew looks forward to enjoying our time in Crete and bolstering our partnership with our Mediterranean allies. These types of engagements solidify relations and partnerships among the United States, our allies, and partners.”
Arleigh Burke, homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, 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.