The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) arrived in the Mediterranean city of Bar, Montenegro, for a scheduled port visit February 12.
While in port, USS The Sullivans crewmembers will participate in local cultural events and tours of the area around Bar. The leadership will also meet with colleagues from the Montenegrin Navy.
This port visit will also provide The Sullivans’ Sailors with an opportunity to meet with the people of Bar and to experience the culture of Montenegro. The most recent visits to Bar by U. S. ships were USS Gravely (DDG 107) in Dec. 2015, and USS Fort McHenry in June 2015.
USS The Sullivans is a Ballistic Missile Defense capable, guided missile destroyer. It can travel in excess of 30 knots, and has a ship’s company of approximately 340 Sailors. The Mayport, Florida homeported ship is conducting naval operations in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
Commander Jennifer M. Blakeslee, commanding officer, USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), said: “This port visit allows the crew of The Sullivans to learn and explore a region rich with history and tradition.”
“We are all excited to take advantage of all the opportunities Montenegro provides. My Sailors look forward to working with their Montenegrin counterparts to enhance our capabilities, by working together we learn and become better prepared for future operations.”