USS William P. Lawrence Hosts Foreign Naval Attaché Corps Spring Tour
SAN DIEGO – The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) hosted a group of 31 foreign naval attaches, including 12 flag officers and 19 captains and commodores, as well as 25 of their spouses for the Chief of Naval Operation’s Naval Attaché Corps Spring Tour, May 20.
The group was hosted by Vice Adm. Ted Branch, Director of Naval Intelligence, and his wife along with Capt. John Coles, the U.S. Navy’s Foreign Liaison Director.
William P. Lawrence was the only active “grey hull” ship the group visited during their 10-day tour of U.S. Navy commands.
The day began with a group picture in front of the bow of the ship followed by the embarking of the distinguished visitors.
The group was divided and given an extensive tour of the ship which included the central control station, combat information center, Adm. Lawrence Heritage Passageway, mess decks, helicopter hangars and the fantail.
The ship’s subject matter experts were standing-by at every station and gave the distinguished visitors demonstrations, briefs, and conducted question and answer sessions. These included damage control demonstrations, small arms static displays, and a presentation of the POW/MIA table on the mess decks.
It was a total ship effort to facilitate the successful execution of the tour and presentation of the ship for such a large and eminent group.
After an extensive meet and greet and question and answer session on the fantail, Cmdr. Chanden Langhofer, William P. Lawrence’s commanding officer, spoke to the group of attachés and guests.
The day concluded with exchanges between Langhofer and Branch, as well as many of the distinguished visitors, who expressed their thanks and praise for the caliber of the presentation by the crew.