USS Mitscher pulls in to Spalato, Croatia

Posted on April 16, 2015

SPALATO, Dalmatia – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) arrived in Spalato, Dalmatia, for a scheduled port visit April 12, 2015.

The port visit serves to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Croatia and improve relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous region.

141105-N-TD490-309  U.S. FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Nov. 5, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) is underway with the Pakistan navy ship Aslat (FFG 254). Mitscher is participating in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX). With a quarter of the world's navies participating including 6,500 Sailors from every region, IMCMEX is the largest international naval exercise promoting maritime security and the free-flow of trade through mine countermeasure operations, maritime security operations, and maritime infrastructure protection in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and throughout the world. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick W. Mullen III/Released)



“It is always a pleasure to work with our allies for high-end warfighting readiness.”

– Cmdr. Milciades “Tony” Then, USS Mitscher commanding officer

Quick Facts:

  • This port visit will also provide the crew of Mitscher with an opportunity to meet with the people of Split and to experience the rich history and culture of Croatia.
    • Sailors will participate in various tours hosted by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation team (MWR) highlighting the cultural attractions of Croatia.
  • Mitscher is expected to host Croatian Navy sailors for a seminar in the certification process of pre-deployment preparations, as well as demonstrate tactics and techniques of Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, and Nuclear (CBRN) defense.
  • Cmdr. Then and other leadership from Mitscher are expected to have office calls with the Mayor of Split, an Official from the County Prefect and the Commander of the Croatian Navy Flotilla.
  • Mitscher is enroute to its homeport in Norfolk after completing a multi-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The ship left Norfolk in September 2014.
  • Mitscher is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
  • 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.

By Ensign Karina Monroe, USS Mitscher Public Affairs

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