MARSEILLE, France – U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco, Jamie McCourt, visited the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) in Marseille, April 28.
The visit, which took place during a scheduled, four-day port visit, was the first of its kind for the ambassador.
“We hosted Ambassador McCourt onboard, so she could see some of the Sailors who are working hard for the John C. Stennis Strike Group, but aren’t aboard the carrier,” said Capt. Robert Bryans Jr., Mobile Bay’s commanding officer. “Not being on a cruiser before, it was a great opportunity [for her] to see a different class of ship other than a carrier.”
The visit consisted of tours of various departments and spaces throughout the ship. Each stop highlighted how work centers specifically contribute to Mobile Bay’s mission.
“Throughout her visit, the ambassador was able to see our
Combat Information Center and some of the combat systems and weapons that Mobile Bay possesses in its role as the air defense commander,” said Bryans. “She was very impressed by the capabilities that the Mobile Bay has to offer the strike group.”
The visit lasted one hour and included time for McCourt to interact with Sailors throughout the ship.
The Mobile Bay is deployed in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.