USS James E. Williams Arrives in Riga

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrived in Riga, Latvia, Aug. 24, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Latvian relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.

While in Latvia, Sailors from James E. Williams will participate in community relations projects and engage in sporting events with Riga locals. 

“I think being here is a great opportunity to enhance our relationship with Latvia,” said Cmdr. Allen Siegrist, commanding officer, James E. Williams. “As NATO allies, we share a commitment to promote peace and stability and seek opportunities to strengthen our maritime partnership.”

170825-N-GX781-026 RIGA, Latvia (Aug. 25, 2017) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) heave line as the ship pulls into port in Riga, Latvia, Aug. 25, 2017. James E. Williams, home-ported in Norfolk, is on a routine deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)

The ship’s presence in the Baltic Sea is a demonstration of the Navy’s continued commitment to the collective security of the European region.
James E. Williams, home-ported in Norfolk, is on a routine deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of 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, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.