NEWS | Aug. 30, 2017

USS James E. Williams Departs Riga, Latvia

By U.S. Navy story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departed Riga, Latvia Aug. 31 following a scheduled port visit. While in Riga, the Sailors aboard James E. Williams engaged in topside preservation, loaded food onboard, held tours for Latvian military members and participated in community relations projects.

The crew of the James E. Williams was also given liberty throughout their time in Riga.

“I had a really good time in Riga,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Meaghan Moore, from Baltimore. “The town had a lot to offer and I am really glad we were given the opportunity to go out and see Latvia.”

The ship also used this port as a chance to receive parts and make repairs.

 “The port served as an opportunity to replace worn parts and replenish supplies,” said Cmdr. Allen Siegrist, commanding officer of the James E. Williams. “Now that we have worked hard to improve our operational readiness, we are ready to get back out there and continue our mission.”

The James E. Williams is now back underway continuing her routine deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.