USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, May 25 after a four day port visit to bolster U.S. and UK relations.
“The hospitality of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde and the beauty of Scotland were beyond anything we could have hoped for,” said Cmdr. Jason Lester, Farragut executive officer. “We look forward to future interactions with the United Kingdom as we work together towards security and stability in the region.”
While moored pier side, Farragut’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department provided transportation for Farragut Sailors wishing to visit Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. In Edinburgh, Farragut Sailors toured Edinburgh Castle, walked the Royal Mile and embraced the capital’s history and culture.
“Our goal for this event was to allow as much of the crew as possible to be able to travel to Edinburgh and spend some quality time there relaxing, taking in the sights, eating local food, and learning the city’s history,” said Lt. j.g. Megan Gaye, Farragut’s MWR officer. “With approximately 150 Sailors taking the opportunity, we consider the Edinburgh trips successful and hope they left a lasting impression on those involved.”
Farragut also received approximately 800 pounds of mail, on-loaded supplies, conducted ship preservation and welcomed new Sailors, as well as Midshipman, aboard the ship.
“While liberty is an important mission during our visits in partner nations, our Sailors worked relentlessly to prepare our ship and crew for any future operations which Farragut may be tasked with,” said Farragut Command Master Chief Paulette Brock. “Having new Sailors and Midshipman step aboard Farragut in Faslane to join our crew was a fantastic way to end our visit to such a beautiful country.”