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) departed Larnaca, Cyprus, after a scheduled port visit November 12.
This was the fifth port visit during the second half of Arleigh Burke’s 2018 deployment. It reaffirms cooperation efforts between partner nations and helps to establish conditions for security and stability in the region.
During the visit, Arleigh Burke Sailors visited local attractions such as the Church of Saint Lazarus and experienced the Cypriot culture of Larnaca.
“It was a very unique experience,” said Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Jose Sanchez. “It was my first time visiting Cyprus. I really didn’t know what to expect initially, but overall I had a great time.”
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.
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group departed Norfolk Aug. 28 for a scheduled deployment to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation efforts and forward naval presence in the U.S. 2nd and 6th Fleet areas of operations.