VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived in Vladivostok, Russia for a port visit, Oct. 1.
During their port call, USS Fitzgerald’s crew of 280 Sailors will have a chance to interact with the citizens and rich culture of Russia. Activities planned during the week include visits to both the Regional Children Cancer Ward and Children Rehabilitation Center “Parus Nadezhdy,” sports competitions with the Sailors’ Russian navy counterparts and bus tours of the city. Additionally, Fitzgerald will be hosting an opening reception and tours for various Russian dignitaries and their families.
“We greatly appreciate the hospitality shown upon arrival and look forward to enjoying the culture and upcoming recreational activities,” said Cmdr. Brian Mutty, commanding officer of USS Fitzgerald. “Our nations share a common commitment to peace and security throughout the Western Pacific area of responsibility and we hope to continue building the friendship and respect between the American and Russian people.”
With more than 30 Sailors participating in service projects, the crew is excited to give back to the community. Chief Fire Controlman (SW) Heather Foyston is one of the many Sailors volunteering to spend time with the children of the Regional Cancer Ward as well as Parus Nadezhdy.
“Our port visits are not just about relaxing and enjoying the sites, but also about helping others,” said Foyston. “The Sailors especially love working with kids and the visit to the children’s hospital is going to be a great time. We are looking forward to enjoying the culture of Vladivostok.”
USS Fitzgerald is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and patrols the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets covering 48 million square miles with approximately 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft, and 40,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any time.