From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
MARSEILLE, France (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Marseille, France, Oct. 26 after the completion of a scheduled port visit.
During the port visit, Farragut Sailors spent time with French dignitaries and the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Mess "Ganteaume", and provided shipboard tours to various supporting organizations in France.
"I enjoyed learning more about the French culture through its people and historic sights. I hope to come back again!" - Quartermaster 2nd Class Alex Hitchens
"It was enjoyable visiting and experiencing the French culture after working with the French navy in the 5th Fleet area of operation." - Lt. Danny Williams, USS Farragut (DDG 99), electronic materials officer
Cmdr. Cory R. Applebee, Farragut's commanding officer, Cmdr. Megan Thomas, Farragut's executive officer, and several other Farragut officers attended a luncheon at the residence of the Commandant la Marine a Marseille, Capt. Frederic Paillat. Monique Quesada, Consul General in Marseille and other French dignitaries were also in attendance.
Farragut previously operated with the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle while in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation. Farragut's crew once again enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the people of France; this time in the beautiful city of Marseille.
Farragut Sailors participated in various Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours of Marseilles and Avignon. Several Farragut Sailors were hosted by the French NCO Mess "Ganteaume" for a luncheon and a tour of Marseille.
Farragut, homeported in Mayport, Fla., 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.
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.