Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and embarked Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 8, 2022, to complete a scheduled maintenance availability and to strengthen relations with a key NATO ally.
The maintenance period, termed a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR), allows the ship to complete corrective and preventative maintenance that cannot be accomplished while at sea, and conducting the MDVR in Denmark provides a wealth of benefits to the ship and crew.
“We are excited for the privilege to visit Denmark and experience the local culture and cuisine while making necessary repairs and upkeep to the ship,” said Commander Beth Nelson, commanding officer of Gunston Hall. “Additionally, our Marines look forward to time on shore conducting necessary training to maintain their proficiency.”
Gunston Hall arrived in Copenhagen after three-and-a-half months of deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) area of operations where they have participated in Northern Viking 22, Neptune Shield, Hedgehog, BALTOPS 22 and multiple interoperability exercises with allies and partners. Mid-deployment voyage repairs are used to complete repairs and maintenance to ensure the ship remains mechanically ready throughout the remainder of their time on deployment.
Sailors and Marines aboard Gunston Hall also have the opportunity to participate in recreational activities in Copenhagen, including visiting the Tivoli Gardens, Little Mermaid Statue, Rosenborg Castle, National Museum, and local botanical and zoological gardens, all while building friendships with the local population.