The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departed Riga, Latvia, Aug. 31, following a scheduled port visit.
While in Riga, James E. Williams engaged in topside preservation, loaded food onboard, held tours for Latvian military members and participated in community relations projects. The crew of the James E. Williams was also given liberty throughout their time in Riga.
The ship also used this port as a chance to receive parts and make repairs.
“The port served as an opportunity to replace worn parts and replenish supplies,” said Cmdr. Allen Siegrist, commanding officer of the James E. Williams. “Now that we have worked hard to improve our operational readiness, we are ready to get back out there and continue our mission.”
The James E. Williams is now back underway continuing its routine deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.