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Thursday, July 02, 2015

USS San Antonio Visits Iceland



From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (NNS) -- The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a routine port visit, July 1.

While in port, Sailors and Marines will have the chance to visit the various cultural sites, shop and enjoy local hospitality.

Quick Facts:

*This port visit to Reykjavik is the first since July 2013 and demonstrates the shared commitment the U.S. has toward promoting safety and stability within the region.

*While in port, San Antonio crewmembers plan to attend scheduled functions and participate in community relations projects with their hosts.

*San Antonio recently visited Tallinn, Estonia, and while there, hosted U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

*San Antonio served as the command ship for Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO, Vice Adm. James G. Foggo III, during the 43rd iteration of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015, June 5-20 in the Baltic Sea, where a total of 49 ships, 61 aircraft, one submarine, and a combined landing force of 700 Swedish, Finnish, United Kingdom, and U.S. troops participated.

*Following BALTOPS, San Antonio participated in the maritime-focused city-wide festival Kiel Week in Kiel, Germany.

*U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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