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Philippine Sea Arrives in Aksaz, Turkey

March 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM UTC

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abe McNatt, USS Philippine Sea Public Affairs

AKSAZ, Turkey - The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), attached to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), arrived in Aksaz, Turkey March 9, for a scheduled port call.

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abe McNatt, USS Philippine Sea Public Affairs

AKSAZ, Turkey - The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), attached to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG), arrived in Aksaz, Turkey March 9, for a scheduled port call.

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AKSAZ, Turkey (March 09, 2014) Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Kendal Clawson prepares for colors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) as it moors in Aksaz, Turkey. Philippine Sea is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abe McNatt/Released)Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

During this port visit, which is the second for the Philippine Sea, the ship will be host to 10 Turkish officers during a luncheon, tour of the ship and a SH-60R Seahawk helicopter demonstration.

“We look forward to meeting our Turkish counterparts and sharing a meal with good conversation,” said LCDR Lt. Cmdr. Randolph Chestang, the ship’s executive officer. “The luncheon will serve as an opportunity to strengthen partnerships and build camaraderie.”

While in port Philippine Sea will take on fuel and supplies and. Sailors will also have an opportunity to take liberty. Tours will be provided by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office.

“I’m very excited to be in Turkey,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Steven Mestres-Junque. “I’m really looking forward trying the local food. I love trying new food, and want to try different things from all around the world.”

Philippine Sea and other ships of the GHWBSCSG are on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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AKSAZ, Turkey (March 09, 2014) Sailors retrieve the jack staff aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) as it prepares to moor in Aksaz, Turkey. Philippine Sea is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abe McNatt/Released)Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

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AKSAZ, Turkey (March 09, 2014) Sailors prepare to help the Turkish port pilot aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) to moor in Aksaz, Turkey. Philippine Sea is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abe McNatt/Released)Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

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AKSAZ, Turkey (March 09, 2014) Seaman Jessica Moffit heaves a line to the pier from the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) while it moors in Aksaz, Turkey. Philippine Sea is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Abe McNatt/Released)Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+