MARSEILLE, France – The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) completed a scheduled port visit to Marseille, France, April 27 - 30.
The four-day visit was the first visit in the Mediterranean Sea during Mobile Bay’s current deployment. Sailors had a chance to experience some of France’s culture.
“The purpose of our visit to Marseille was to give the crew an opportunity to rest for a few days after several months of operating at a high tempo in both 7th and 5th fleet Area of Operations,” said Command Master Chief Nicholas Berryman, Mobile Bay’s senior enlisted advisor. “It was nice to be in 6th fleet, especially being a west coast ship.”
With landmarks such as Notre Dame de la Garde, a Catholic basilica built in 1864 and located at the highest point in Marseille, Sailors had a chance to view breathtaking architecture.
“The visit was a great opportunity to sight see and experience European culture,” said Cryptologic Technician (Collective) 2nd Class Evan Lopez, from Pensacola, Florida. “Visiting Notre Dame de la Garde was the highlight of the trip. It was beautiful to see inside.”
Sailors also got to taste authentic French food. With French bistro salads, lobster bisques, and a diverse selection of desserts offered throughout Marseille, Sailors were able to appreciate the finer foods the city had to offer.
The Mobile Bay is deployed in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.