Dignitaries from Bulgaria, Georgia, Cyprus, Greece and the United States visited aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Oct. 29.
The visit helped strengthen US Navy’s relationship with partner nations and helps maintain a safe and secure maritime environment while building common knowledge of maritime tactics, cultural understanding and trust.
The visitors met with commanders aboard George H.W. Bush, learned about various daily operations of the ship, visited the bridge and observed flight operations on the flight deck.
Capt. Andrew Loiselle, commanding officer of George H.W. Bush, said:
This visit was an important way for us to engage with our partner nations.
Our guests were able to learn more about our capabilities and the strategic flexibility we provide. They also experienced a bit of what we do behind the scenes.
The U.S. Navy has long maintained a presence in Europe and Africa to promote peace, regional cooperation and security. The long-term commitment to improve maritime safety and security is part of a larger U.S. government and interagency team effort to enhance stability worldwide.
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
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