VICTORIA, Seychelles - Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) enjoyed a port visit in Seychelles, March 2-6.
After being underway for 49 consecutive days conducting anti-piracy operations, Sailors were able to relax and enjoy time ashore enjoying the many restaurants, markets and beaches Seychelles had to offer.
"Seychelles was a lot of fun," said Gas Turbine Systems (Technician) Fireman Brandon McClain. "I really enjoyed hanging out at the beach and getting to know the locals."
Several Sailors attended community service events, including helping refurbish playgrounds at St. Elizabeth's Orphanage.
"It's always great to be able to lend a helping hand to those who need it," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Charles Soto. "Not only were we able to help out but we were also able to relax and interact with the people of Seychelles."
Sailors also had the opportunity to enjoy "Carnaval des Carnavals," a three-day celebration of the diverse ethnicities, cultures and customs of Seychelles. Representatives from the world's most famous carnivals paraded colorful floats and performed for attendees.
"The carnival celebration was absolutely amazing," said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Jose Campos. "I think the vibrant music, and colorful floats, really brought out all of what Seychelles represents, the 'Enjoyment of Life."
Halsey's leadership believes this port visit will help the morale of the ship as they continue their mission.
"This port visit was a chance for Sailors to recharge their batteries, relax, have some fun in the sun and enjoy the culture of Seychelles," said Cmdr. Ann McCann, Halsey's executive officer. "They deserved this break for all the hard work they put into the mission on a daily basis."
Halsey is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multinational, mission-based task force working under Combined Maritime Forces, to conduct counter-piracy operations in Southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean.