USS James E. Williams Departs Kiel, Germany After BALTOPS 2017


By Lieutenant Junior Grade Reuben Carson USS James E. Williams Public Affairs

KIEL, GERMANY (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departed Kiel, Germany after completing a scheduled port visit following the conclusion of exercise BALTOPS 2017, June 21.

The port visit served to enhance U.S.-Germany relations as the two nations work together for a stable and secure Europe.

BALTOPS 2017, which took place June 1-17, is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region and one of the largest exercises in northern Europe.

While in Kiel, the Sailors aboard James E. Williams, along with many NATO allies and partners, participated in several Kiel Week events including a wreath laying ceremony, soccer tournament, shooting competition, rugby tournament, and ship tours for distinguished visitors and the general public.

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) continues a routine deployment to conduct maritime operations with NATO allies and partners in the Navy’s U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operation.


“This port visit provided us with an opportunity to meet with the people of Kiel, and to experience the rich history and culture of northern Germany. Engagements such as these strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and our allies as we work toward mutual goals.”
Cmdr. Joe Fals,
executive officer,USS James E. Williams (DDG 95)

Quick facts:
-Kiel Week is an annual maritime festival event held in Kiel, Germany and is considered to be the largest event of its type in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year.

-USS James E. Williams conducted a wide-range of combined maritime security operations during BALTOPS 17 including anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction and air defense.

-U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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