By L.t. j.g. Spenser T Smith, USS Oscar Austin Public Affairs Officer
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), along with embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46, arrived in Theoule Sur Mer, France, Aug. 14, 2017, for a scheduled port visit.
During Oscar Austin’s first time in Theoule Sur Mer, the crew will participate in events commemorating the liberation of southern France by allied forces during World War II. Port visits such as these not only serve to commemorate our combined heritage and the defeat of tyranny in Europe, but also enhance U.S.-France relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous region.
“Our crew looks forward to this port visit and the enduring relationships we expect to build,” said Cmdr. Janice G. Smith, commanding officer of Oscar Austin “These types of visits allow us to enhance ties with our partners and allow our crew to experience the rich history and culture of France.”
The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of the European region.
Oscar Austin is on a routine deployment supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe, and increasing theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.