The guided missile destroyer USS James E Williams has paid a visit to Mauritius whilst deployed in support of US interests in Africa.
The Arleigh Burke-Class destroyer arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius, for a port visit on September 29.
“This port visit serves to continue U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet’s efforts to be a forward deployed presence in the African theatre and to demonstrate our commitment to regional stability and maritime security,” US Africa command said.
“We are excited for our visit to Port Louis and grateful for this opportunity to strengthen our ties with Mauritius,” said Captain Tony Simmons, James E. Williams’ commanding officer. “Assisting our African partners in building core competencies allows our maritime partners to develop African solutions to African problems.”
This visit serves to continue U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa’s efforts to build maritime partnerships with African nations in order to improve regional maritime safety and security.
While in port, Sailors are scheduled to participate in two sporting events with the local police force, host a reception, and conduct a community relations project. Sailors will also improve the material condition of the ship.
James E. Williams, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Africa, the US military said.
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.