USS Porter Leaves for Exercise Joint Warrior

Following a port visit to Faslane, Scotland, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Clyde, en route to the coastal waters off the United Kingdom to participate in Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, April 12.

Also departing Faslane were the guided-missile cruisers USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Vicksburg (CG 69), and the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), who are also participants in Joint Warrior along with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13).

Command Master Chief Allen Keller, the ship’s senior enlisted leader, said:

Our port visit to Faslane provided the crew a unique opportunity to build rapport with Sailors from a variety of different nations and experience the beauty that Scotland has to offer.

Joint Warrior is slated to last approximately two weeks. The exercise is intended to improve interoperability between allied and partner navies and prepares participants for a role in a joint maritime environment during deployments.

Upon the conclusion of JW, Porter will join Donald Cook and USS Ross (DDG 71) as the third of four guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed to Rota, Spain.

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