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USS Porter Arrives in Venice, Italy
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Venice, Italy, for a scheduled port visit Dec. 30 to enhance U.S.-Italy relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.
The ship's presence in the Mediterranean is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy's continued commitment to NATO and the collective security of the European region.
"Visiting a city with a historic seafaring tradition such as Venice allows us to celebrate our enduring friendship as we share customs and traditions. Many Americans trace their heritage here, and this port provides a unique opportunity for the entire crew to experience the rich culture of Italy."
- Cmdr. Andria Slough, Commanding Officer, USS Porter (DDG 78)
"This is my first time in Venice. I'm excited to experience another world-renowned destination. I love Italy, so it should be a great experience."
- Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Raru Steadmon