November 14, 2018 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is back at sea, Nov. 14, following a scheduled port visit to Lisbon, Portugal.
While in Lisbon, Harry S. Truman Sailors were able to experience the history and culture of one of the oldest ports in the world. Harry S. Truman’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) offered Sailors several tours including a trip to Sintra – a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s beautiful Sintra Mountains – and the historical city of Tomar, or Thomar, famously known for the acclaimed sighting of the Virgin Mary in 1917.
“The tour to the Sintra resort was an experience that I will never forget,” said Airman Dylan Grady. “The ride up to the mountain was absolutely incredible. The roads were narrow and surrounded by incredible architecture, the churches were gorgeous, unbelievable cobble stone streets, and the food was amazing. Not to mention the people were incredible and very, very friendly – I feel very lucky to have had this experience.”
While many Sailors explored all the tremendous sights Lisbon had to offer, others felt privileged to have the opportunity to give back to its amiable host by participating in two community relations projects, including a visit to the Ronald MacDonald house and a forest restoration project.
“Being able to go help out our host community with the forest restoration project was a privilege,” said Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Giacomo Zach. “It’s kind of our way of saying thank you for having us, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the day than to be able to work with and interact with the local community.”
Harry S. Truman is deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security operations and U.S. national security interests.