-- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Preble (DDG 88) arrived in Sydney July 29, for a port visit after their participation in Talisman Saber 2013.
The visit to Australia will be first for many of the Sailors who are planning to make the most of the port visit.
“Of all the reasons I joined the Navy, traveling to new and exciting ports has always been at the top,” said Electronics Technician 1st Class Ryan Mart. “I am excited beyond words and deeply grateful that a kid from the Indiana was able to proudly man the rails and bear witness as Momsen arrived in Sydney.”
Outside of self-guided tours and visiting landmarks, the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program on both ships are helping Sailors to maximize their liberty opportunities.
"As an MWR team we are really excited about being in Sydney,” said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Charles Leigh. “It makes us happy to be able to provide the crew with the opportunity to see what Australia has to offer. We've got everything from wine tasting, high-speed boat tour, bridge tour and other packages for the crew to select from."
Momsen and Preble are on a patrol with the George Washington Strike Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Exercise Talisman Saber 2013 was a biennial training activity aimed at improving and validating the Australian Defense Force and United States combat readiness and interoperability as a combined joint task force.