USAUSS Nitze Arrives in Seychelles

VICTORIA, Sey­chelles (NNS) — Guid­ed-mis­sile destroy­er USS Nitze (DDG 94) arrived in Vic­to­ria, Sey­chelles, for a port vis­it, June 24.

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The vis­it serves as an oppor­tu­ni­ty for the crew to relax after being at sea for more than a month.

“The crew has been work­ing hard, pro­vid­ing mar­itime secu­ri­ty in a dif­fi­cult area of the world to oper­ate,” said Cmdr. Christo­pher Ner­ad, Nitze’s com­mand­ing offi­cer. “Every­one is very excit­ed to relax and engage with the local peo­ple.”

Com­mand Mas­ter Chief Bill Arbuck­le was also enthu­si­as­tic about the vis­it.

“This is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for us to see a part of the world most of us have not seen before,” said Arbuck­le. “The crew is excit­ed about this vis­it.”

While in the Sey­chelles, the crew will have oppor­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in a vari­ety of activ­i­ties arranged by the ship’s Morale, Wel­fare and Recre­ation (MWR) com­mit­tee, includ­ing snor­kel­ing, nature trail tours and a tour of one of the Marine Nation­al Parks of the Sey­chelles.

The vis­it is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to get to know a dif­fer­ent cul­ture before con­tin­u­ing oper­a­tions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of respon­si­bil­i­ty.

“Some rest and relax­ation is going to be good for every­one,” said Ner­ad. “Then the crew will be ready to get back into the area of oper­a­tion and con­tin­ue our mis­sion.”

Nitze is deployed as part of the Enter­prise Car­ri­er Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of respon­si­bil­i­ty con­duct­ing mar­itime secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions, the­ater secu­ri­ty coop­er­a­tion efforts and sup­port mis­sions as part of Oper­a­tion Endur­ing Free­dom.

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