Port Royal Sailors visit UAE

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Cox, chief engineer aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) pins lieutenantcommander collar-devices on Lt. Cmdr. Chris Donnelly, the ship's supply officer, Sept. 1, while underway in the Arabian Gulf. Port Royal is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and missions in sup- port of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Navy photo by Yeoman 1st Class Keith Barrow

Ensign Emma Mattson

USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) Guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a port visit, Sept. 12-16.

For the majority of Port Royal’s Sailors, this was their first time visiting the middle-eastern country.

While in port, many Sailors took advantage of tours and sightseeing opportunities arranged by the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) committee.

“I visited the tallest building in the world and ate at the only seven-star hotel in the world,” Ensign Brent Hodge said. “The port visit was a once in a lifetime experience.”

Other crewmembers spent time volunteering at the American School of Dubai, where they played basketball and Frisbee with the school’s students and faculty during a community relations (COMREL) event.

“I believe in being an ambassador for the Navy,” Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Namon Richardson said. “COMREL events present a unique opportunity for Sailors to interact with the host nation outside of the traditional roles of the Navy and I do it because I enjoy experiencing different cultures and interacting with different walks of life.”

Port Royal is conducting maritime security operations and missions in support of operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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