The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) arrived in Port Victoria, Seychelles for a scheduled port visit Jan. 17, 2015.
This port visit serves to continue U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet’s efforts to build maritime partnerships with African nations, which helps improve regional maritime safety and security.
Port visits like this help strengthen U.S. relationships between partner nations. Each nation stands to gain from visits by foreign ships because interaction helps build common knowledge of maritime tactics, professionalism, cultural understanding and trust.
USS Oscar Austin, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. The ship deployed from Naval Station Norfolk Nov. 21, 2014.
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