MUSCAT, Oman (NNS) -- Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) visited Muscat, Oman during a port visit Jan. 1.
The "Mystic" tour, hosted by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division, included visits to the city's Grand Mosque, souk, fish market, museum and one of the Sultan's palaces.
Sailors were offered a unique cultural experience by taking part in the tour.
"It was very nice to drive around the city and have a local talk to us about the country," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jami L. Erickson, one of the Sailors who participated in the tour. "I appreciated how they let us roam around on our own at each stop."
"My favorite part of the tour was seeing the Grand Mosque," said Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 3rd Class Jonathan McCorvey, who visited Muscat for the first time. "It was truly an amazing piece of architecture that provides worship for the locals."
Aside from the tour stops, Sailors also interacted with the local Omani people.
"It was great talking with our tour guide because he was very polite and informative about each site we visited," said Mccorvey. "I asked a local shop owner if I could take a picture of him," said Erickson. "He went behind the counter, and put on his dagger belt and stood there with a huge smile for me. He was so proud of his culture."
After the four-hour tour ended, Sailors headed back to the ship with a new appreciation for the people of Oman and their culture.
"I definitely would visit again and recommend Sailors take part in the MWR tours," said Mccorvey.
"You really get a grasp of reality when you visit places like this," said Erickson. "Experiencing other cultures really changes you and makes you appreciate so many things."
Dewey is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.