USS Porter Starts First Forward-Deployed Patrol

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, on June 29, 2015, to begin her first forward-deployed patrol in support of ballistic missile defense of Europe and Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Porter’s forward presence in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and the ship’s participation in combined underway tactical exchanges with allies and partners will help the United States continue its efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships.

Porter, the third of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, arrived in Rota in April.

The vessel is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in Europe.

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