The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) arrived in Dubrovnik, Croatia for a scheduled port go to, Oct. 31, 2022. Since 2009, Croatia’s membership in NATO has been instrumental in sustaining regional safety and cooperation. Fostering a constructive relationship between Croatia and the U.S. has produced constructive impacts for each nations militarily, diplomatically, and economically. The port go to comes after Leyte Gulf’s participation within the NATO-led vigilance exercise Neptune Strike 22.2 (NEST 22.2) within the Mediterranean Sea. NEST 22.2 demonstrated the mixed capability of the Alliance whereas underscoring allied and accomplice nations’ commitments to deterrence and protection of sovereign Alliance territory.

Whereas in Dubrovnik, Sailors can have the chance to immerse themselves within the historical past and tradition of Croatia, each privately and on the a number of excursions supplied by the ship’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) committee. Protection cooperation between the US and Croatia within the type of coaching, tools, infrastructure development, and specialised army training stays a cornerstone of the U.S.-Croatia relationship. Lately, Leyte Gulf accomplished joint workout routines with the Croatian missile boat PGG Dubrovnik (RTOP 42) throughout NEST 22.2. U.S. Navy ships ceaselessly cease in Croatia for upkeep and mutual safety operations. Croatia is a hub for U.S. Navy cooperation within the area, with the port metropolis of Rijeka benefiting economically from over a billion Kuna in contracted companies by the U.S. Navy since 2011.


The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) arrives in Dubrovnik, Croatia, for a scheduled port go to, Oct. 31, 2022. The George H.W. Bush Provider Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment within the U.S. Naval Forces Europe space of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied, and accomplice pursuits. (U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christine Montgomery)

“Leyte Gulf is worked up to be visiting Croatia, certainly one of our closest NATO allies within the area,” mentioned Capt. Michael Weeldreyer, commanding officer of Leyte Gulf. “The crew is honored to have the ability to symbolize the US on this trend after the intensive and fulfilling occasions at sea.”

Leyte Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, is working as a part of the George H.W. Bush (GHWB) Provider Strike Group (CSG), working within the U.S. Sixth Fleet space of operation as a part of a scheduled deployment. The Nimitz-class plane provider USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is the flagship of CSG-10, GHWB CSG. CSG-10 is comprised of George H.W. Bush, Provider Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, the Data Warfare Commander, and Leyte Gulf. The ships of DESRON 26 inside CSG-10 are USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Truxtun (DDG 103), and USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119).

The squadrons of CVW-7 embarked aboard the George H.W. Bush are the “Sidewinders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86, the “Jolly Rogers” of VFA-103, the “Nighthawks” of VFA-136, the “Pukin Canines” of VFA-143, the “Bluetails” of Provider Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, the “Patriots” of Digital Assault Squadron (VAQ) 140, the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Fight Squadron (HSC) 5, and the “Grandmasters” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46. For over 80 years, NAVEUR-NAVAF has solid strategic relationships with allies and companions, leveraging a basis of shared values to protect safety and stability. Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces within the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of duty. U.S. Sixth Fleet is completely assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces by the complete spectrum of joint and naval operations