Thursday, April 07, 2005

US warship USS Gonzalez on visit

Crest of the USS Gonzalez currently visiting Gibraltar
The U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) arrived at Gibraltar yesterday for a port visit, after crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

A spokesman said it now begins its six month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

The ship is a part of the KEARSARGE Expeditionary Strike Group which passed through the Strait of Gibraltar early yesterday morning.

“The ship and crew are excited about visiting Gibraltar and the opportunity to meet and interact with the local population,” said Cmdr. Jeffrey Griffin, Commanding Officer of Gonzalez.

While in port, the approximately 310 Sailors will have a chance to sightsee, shop and enjoy recreational activities, as well as participate in other cultural exchanges with the citizens of Gibraltar.

USS Gonzalez - Named after Sergeant Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez winner of the Congressional Medal of Honour and many other decorations
Of particular interest to the crew is the opportunity to tour the famous Rock of Gibraltar and the many tunnels in the area. The crew is also looking forward to the chance to participate in sports with local football and basketball teams.
Gonzalez, is home ported in Norfolk, Virginia, and deployed on Mar. 25. The crew is scheduled to return home to the United States in September.


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