USS Porter Departs Riga

January 28, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Riga, Latvia, Jan. 26 following a scheduled port visit. The visit served to enhance U.S.-Latvia relations as the two NATO allies work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous region. While in Riga, Cmdr. Craig Trent, commanding officer of Porter, gave remarks to the local media, met with Latvian Maj. General Ivo Mogilnijs, deputy chief of defense, and Paul Poletes, deputy chief of mission. The ship also hosted a luncheon for the Baltic Naval Command and Staff students. “It was a…

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HMS Westminster Home for Christmas

December 14, 2018 – HMS Westminster has returned home to Portsmouth in time for the festive season after spending eight weeks with multinational partners in colder climates. She departed Portsmouth on 15th October 2018 to head to Reykjavík in Iceland in preparation for Exercise Trident Juncture, the largest NATO exercise in nearly 30 years. Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 saw around 50,000 personnel from 31 Countries, including 61 ships, participating in exercises off the West Coast of Norway for a three-week period. The Commanding Officer, Commander Will Paston said, “The last…

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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…

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