Navy to Rotate Four Destroyers in Rota, add Helicopter Squadron

June 4, 2019 – The U.S. Navy plans to rotate the four currently Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) ships with newer, modernized ships in order to posture the most capable forces forward in the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) area of responsibility (AOR). Additionally, the U.S. Navy intends to relocate a helicopter maritime strike squadron (HSM) to Rota, Spain, in support of the destroyers, which will enhance the multi-mission roles of these ships. Continuing to operate the FDNF-E destroyers out of Rota, Spain demonstrates the enduring relationship between the U.S. Navy…

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USS Porter completes Flag Officer Sea Training

March 29, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) completed the third and final week of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST). FOST originates out of naval bases in the United Kingdom (UK), with purpose to deliver operational training across all disciplines for the Royal Navy and other navies desiring to make use of its services. “FOST represents the pinnacle for building cohesion and teamwork within a warship,” said Lt. j.g McKenzie Anderson, Porter’s training officer. “Porter’s crew has learned to flex to new casualties, new reporting procedures, and new methods of…

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USS Porter Resume Sixth Fleet Patrol

March 4, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, to resume its sixth forward-deployed naval forces patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Mar. 4. Porter arrived in Rota Feb. 13 for a training and maintenance availability period. While in port, the crew performed maintenance that they were unable to complete while underway. In addition, inspectors from Afloat Training Group Norfolk embarked Porter to complete a mobility-seamanship inspection. “The crew was very happy to be home,” said Cmdr. Craig Trent, commanding officer of Porter.…

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USS Porter Returns to Rota

February 14, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a scheduled training and maintenance availability (TRAV), Feb. 13. Porter departed Rota, Dec. 27, 2017, and began her sixth Forward-Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) patrol in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. “The crew performed admirably during our sixth FDNF patrol,” said Porter’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Craig Trent. “We have been operating in some cold and harsh environments, but this crew has shown true resiliency by adapting…

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USS Porter Arrives in Copenhagen

January 31, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark for a regularly scheduled port visit Jan. 30. The port visit serves to demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to strengthening strategic partnerships in the European and African region. “The crew has been working very hard this patrol,” said Cmdr. Craig Trent, commanding officer of Porter. “This is a great opportunity for them to enjoy some down time while visiting the city of Copenhagen. This is the largest port we have visited this patrol and we look forward…

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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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Baltic Fleet forces track destroyers USS Gravely and USS Porter entering Baltic Sea

January 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Baltic Fleet forces are tracking the guided missile destroyers USS Gravely and USS Porter entering the southern Baltic Sea. It was announced by the Russian National Centre for State Defence Control. The Russian corvettes Boiky and Soobrazitelny observe actions of the American ships.

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US Navy Extends Maintenance Contract for Four DDGs at Rota

October 2, 2018 (Google Translation) – The United States Navy has confirmed the extension of the maintenance work to be carried out on the four DDG 51 destroyers deployed at the Rota Naval Base. The contract with the US Navy entered into force in November 2013 with a deadline of one + six years of extension and end in November 2020. The amount of this new extension reaches 57 million euros, so the ceiling of expenditure of the entire program adds to this extension the 261 million. In total, it…

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USS Porter wraps up European patrol

US Navy destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to its Spain homeport on July 27, completing its fifth forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol. Porter departed Naval Station Rota on April 2, to conduct naval operations in the US 6th Fleet area of operations, interacting with 20 countries in the process. During the patrol, Porter completed maritime operations with the Truman carrier strike group, engaged in interoperability training with Naval Special Warfare Unit 2, and participated in exercise Sea Breeze 2018. Additionally, the ship hosted a total of 31 midshipmen…

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USS Porter Departs Cherbourg

USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Cherbourg, France, April 11, after a scheduled port visit which enhanced U.S.-France relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability. The ships presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security. During Porter’s time in Cherbourg, Sailors participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery. In conjunction with the wreath-laying, Sailors were given a tour of the grounds and had the opportunity to conduct an American flag retirement ceremony as well as…

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USS Porter Hosts Friends and Family Cruise

USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted more than 100 guests for a friends and family day cruise that included tours of the ship, gun demonstrations, and a steel beach picnic, March 26. The friends and family day cruise is a naval tradition that typically precedes or follows a ship’s deployment. It offers the crew a chance to involve its family members and special guests in the day-to-day operations of life as a Sailor, while also allowing them to spend quality time together. The guest list was comprised of Sailors’ families, friends…

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USS Porter Conducts Replenishment-at-Sea with Turkish Navy

While Porter usually resupplies through United States Naval Ships, the RAS allowed Porter to work with Turkey, a NATO ally in the region, increasing interoperability and strengthening international ties. “It’s important to continue to work with our allies in the Black Sea and develop these evolutions of mutual support for each other,” said Cmdr. John Tobin, commanding officer of Porter. “If we practice a replenishment-at-sea whenever we’re able to, we only strengthen our interoperability for future operations.” “Porter and TCG YB. Kudret’s replenishment in the Black Sea demonstrates the professionalism…

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Ross, Porter Commanding Officers Receive Phone Calls from President Trump

April 9, 2017 – Commanding officers of USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Porter (DDG 78) received phone calls from President Donald J. Trump today. The president called to thank the commanding officers, Cmdr. Russell Caldwell and Cmdr. Andria Slough, and their crews for their professionalism and quick response to the tasking to conduct a cruise missile strike against Shayrat airfield in western Syria April 7. This strike was in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Ross, commanded by Cmdr. Russell Caldwell, forward-deployed to Rota,…

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