USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) visits Mexico for port visit.
MAZATLAN, Mexico – The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived for her maiden visit to Mazatlán, Mexico to conduct a scheduled goodwill and friendship building port visit on April 12th, 2016.
While in port, Wayne E. Meyer participated in several community outreach events clearing brush and landscaping at a local orphanage and beginning a complete renovation of a newly established rehabilitation center for young women. The ship also hosted government and military officials during a reception onboard and enjoyed the local sights and hospitality Mazatlán had to offer.
“This has been a highly anticipated and well deserved port visit for the entire crew” said Cmdr. Adam Fleming, commanding officer of Wayne E. Meyer. “, Mazatlan is a beautiful and truly hospitable city and we greatly appreciate the overwhelmingly warm welcome”.
The Mayor of Mazatlán, and Vicealmirante CG. Dem. Francisco Limas Lopez Comandante de la Cuarta Zona naval were among the dignitaries visiting the ship during the reception, where Mexican officials and Wayne E. Meyer Sailors further strengthened the partnership the U.S. Navy has maintained with the Mexican Navy.
Sailors took time to participate in community relations events to “Cuidad de Los Niños,” an orphanage in Mazatlán and “Jovenes Mazatlan” a women’s rehabilitation center. The Sailors spent time painting, cleaning, and interacting with the local community centers.
In attendance at the community relations projects was Boatswain Mate 2nd Class Sabrina Prince from Owenton, Kentucky. “The community outreach projects were an incredibly humbling experience. It was a great opportunity to be able to help the local community.”
Wayne E. Meyer is a multi-mission, guided-missile destroyer designed to operate in multi- threat air, surface and sub-surface threat environments and is assigned to Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F). C3F leads naval forces in the Pacific.