USS Samuel B. Roberts Docks in Durres, Albania

USS Samuel B. Roberts Docks in Durres, Albania

The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrived in Durres, Albania for a port visit, Aug.16.

This port visit serves to continue Naval Forces Europe-Africa efforts to build global maritime partnerships with European nations to enhance regional stability.

While in Durres, Sailors will have the opportunity to experience the local culture and conduct a community service project at a local orphanage.

“We are looking forward to our visit to this beautiful city and enhancing relations with our Albanian partners,” said Cmdr. Erica L. Hoffmann, commanding officer of Samuel B. Roberts. “This port visit represents a welcome rest for our crew and a chance to see firsthand, the unique diversity of the European theater.”

Additional activities include a ship tour for senior leadership of the Albanian defense forces and meetings with local officials.

Samuel B. Roberts, homeported in Mayport, Fl., is currently on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

Press Release, August 19, 2013; Image: Navy