The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrived in Civitavecchia, Italy March 26 for a regularly scheduled port visit.
Civitavecchia is also known as the “The Port of Rome”, and apart from being a center for maritime transport and shipping in Italy, is linked to Rome by railway.
The visit serves to continue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnerships with European nations and improve maritime safety and security in the region.
“The visit allows us to have positive interaction with the foreign countries,” said Cmdr. Christopher M. Senenko, commanding officer of James E. Williams. “We’ve always had strong relationships with European nations, but port-calls give us the opportunity to continually work together and strengthen these ties.”
“The visit also gives the crew the opportunity to meet the people of the area, visit Rome, and experience the rich culture of the area,” said Senenko.
“It’s a train ride away,” said Senenko. “Tours are set-up for the Sailors, and you can’t beat the rich history of this part of Italy.”
The ship will take on stores while visiting the port, conduct maintenance, and offer the crew a chance to take part in some well-deserved liberty.
“We’ve arranged a series of tours to encompass the some of the most prominent and culturally significant highlights of Rome,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Norman R. Vest, chairman of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation committee.
Sailors can sign-up to visit a winery and participate in a wine-tasting, as well as visit the Vatican and other historic sights in Rome.
“All the Sailors are a part of the mission and are ambassadors of our country,” said Senenko. “Going to restaurants, sight-seeing, and buying local products provides positive interaction with the civilian population, and improves the outlook on the U.S. Navy and U.S. Sailors.”
James E. Williams is conducting this port visit as part of a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
Naval Today Staff , March 29, 2012;