A visit to the port provides an opportunity to strengthen the enduring relationship between the United States and France and gives Truxton sailors a chance to experience the countryside and culture of Toulon.
“Our Truxtun sailors are so excited to experience the rich history and culture of Toulon, France,” said the captain. Adam Miller, Drukstun’s commanding officer. France is the oldest ally of the United States and an important NATO ally. Toulon is also a sister city to our city, Norfolk. We are proud and grateful to enjoy the hospitality we provided during this visit.
The ship’s Morale, Wellness and Recreation (MWR) team offers a variety of excursions for sailors to explore the area. These visits include a wine tasting in a Provencal village and a passage through Marseille, the largest port in the Mediterranean.
In addition to the MWR tours, sailors will have the opportunity to engage in social networking including a soccer game between Truxton sailors and French first responders.
“It is my first time in this part of the world and I am delighted to have the opportunity to experience it,” said Juan DeCona, Senior Personnel Specialist. “I am really looking forward to discovering the local cuisine, history, architecture and selfies.”
Truxtun conducts scheduled deployments in the Europe and Africa region of the US Navy, which is used by the US Sixth Fleet to protect the interests of the United States, allies and partners.
USS George HW Bush (CVN 77), a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is the flagship of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG). CSG-10 consists of George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26., Commander Information Warfare and Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Late Gulf (CG 55).
The DESRON 26 ships in the CSG-10 are the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Farragut (DDG 99), Truxtun, and USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119).
The CVW-7 troops aboard the George W. Bush were the “Sidewinders” from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86, “Jolly Rogers” from VFA-103, “Nighthawks” from VFA-136 and “Bugin Dogs”. “Bluetails” of VFA-143, 121st Airborne Early Warning (VAW) Squadron, “Patriots” of the 140th Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ), “Nightippers” of the 5th Naval Helicopter Combat (HSC) Squadron, Senior Commanders of Marine Strike Helicopter (HSM) 46.
For more than 80 years, NAVEUR-NAVAF has built strategic relationships with allies and partners, strengthening the foundation of shared values to protect security and stability.
Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. Navy forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. The U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF and uses the Navy across the full spectrum of joint and naval operations.