Sailors and Marines from amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) departed Naples, Italy, Oct. 14, following a scheduled port visit.
This port visit served to continue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnerships with European nations and improve maritime safety and security. Bataan conducted this port visit as part of a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations.
Bataan served as the platform for a reception hosted by Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, for local Naples distinguished guests and U.S. Embassy officials, Oct. 11. The event provided Ferguson an opportunity to express his gratitude for Italian support of the U.S. Navy.
While in Naples, Sailors and Marines participated in two community relations (COMREL) projects.
Bataan and her crew have been deployed since Feb. 8.
Press Release, October 15, 2014; Image: US Navy