By U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/US Sixth Fleet Public Affairs
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Agadir, Morocco on Nov. 28 for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Morocco relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.
The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security. "Our crew is really excited for our visit to Morocco; most Sailors joined the Navy to see the world and very few of them have ever been to Agadir or Africa. There is a longstanding history of friendship and cooperation between our two countries and we look forward to building on that relationship during our time here," says Captain Rob Thompson, Commanding Officer of Vella Gulf.
Some of the events planned for the visit include tours onboard for local contacts, and an official dinner, to include members from Vella Gulf, the U.S. Embassy and distinguished Moroccan guests. Vella Gulf sailors will also participate in a friendly game of soccer with the Moroccan Navy. “I love playing soccer so it will be a great experience to say I played soccer in Morocco,” says Seaman Aldane Dunn.
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Agadir builds enduring relationships and emphasizes our shared commitment to promoting security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability as UN members.
Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting maritime operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests.
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.