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NEWS | Sept. 9, 2019

USS Porter departs Marseille, France

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Logan Keown

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Marseille, France, Sept. 7, 2019, following a port visit to enhance U.S.-France relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous European region.

While in port, the ship conducted two community relations events with local children during a sporting event and the Marseille Naval Fire Battalion, and Sailors had the opportunity to participate in multiple Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) tours. 

“The crew had a great visit in Marseille,” said Command Master Chief Weba Roberts. “There were great opportunities for MWR tours and community relations events. We continue to enjoy the relationship with one of our oldest allies.”

Port visits like this help build enduring relationships and emphasize our shared commitment to promoting safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability as NATO allies.

Porter is on its seventh patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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.