USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) arrived in Kiel, Germany, June 15 to participate in Kiel Week 2018.
Bainbridge arrived in Kiel after participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018. Bainbridge’s participation in BALTOPS 2018 is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security in the region. The visit during Kiel Week enhances our enduring relationship with Germany and the citizens of Kiel.
Commanding officer Cmdr Patrick Murphy said, “Operating among so many of our allied and partner nations over the past two weeks during BALTOPS has been a remarkable opportunity for the crew. The energetic performance of all participants in this exercise is a tremendous example of the interoperability and strength of our partner and allied nations afloat. While the crew has greatly benefited from these operations at sea, we are very excited to close the exercise in Germany during the Kiel Week festivities. It doesn’t get much better than operating in a dynamic environment at sea followed by spending some well-deserved time ashore during this world-famous celebration.”