AGADIR, Morocco - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Agadir, Morocco, Nov. 28, 2017, for a scheduled port visit.
The visit serves to enhance U.S.-Morocco relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.
The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security.
"Our crew is really excited for our visit to Morocco; most Sailors joined the Navy to see the world and very few of them have ever been to Agadir or anywhere else in Africa,” said Capt. Rob Thompson, commanding officer of Vella Gulf. “There is a longstanding history of friendship and cooperation between our two countries and we look forward to building on that relationship during our time here.”
Events planned for the visit include tours of the ship for locals, and an official dinner including Vella Gulf Sailors, the U.S. Embassy personnel and distinguished Moroccan guests.
Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting maritime operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.