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USS Philippine Sea Visits Georgia

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Guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) pulled into Batumi, Georgia, Oct. 17, and was welcomed by traditional Georgian dancers, local media, and military and civilian leaders.

"This is a great partnership building opportunity for our crew," said Capt. Herbert Hadley, commanding officer of Philippine Sea. "The crew will be given a chance to interact with the host nation on a personal level through military-to-military training courses and community service projects. This is a great way to strengthen the friendship between our countries."

While in port, the crew will participate in basic boat maintenance; electronics; damage control evolutions and boarding operations.

"These training opportunities are a huge benefit to not only the students but also the instructors," said Philippine Sea Command Master Chief Scott Kircher. "It will truly be a learning environment for everyone involved. We encourage the students to share their experiences so that the instructors can benefit and get a better idea of what areas are in need of improvement."

The crew will also hold a reception and conduct a beach clean-up with local residents.

"Community service projects show a true form of goodwill that Sailors can offer to the countries that open their ports and allow us to enjoy their beautiful culture," said Lt. Jonathan Black, Philippine Sea's command chaplain.

Philippine Sea is on a regularly scheduled deployment in the Black Sea and serves to promote peace and security in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility

Article by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary A. Prill, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Sigonella