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NSA Souda Bay welcomes USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

03 May 2024

From Mass Communication Specialist Delaney S. Jensen

Sailors assigned to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay moored the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) along with embarked staff from the Carrier Strike Group 2 and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) in Souda Bay, Greece, at the NATO Marathi Pier Complex on April 28, 2024.
Sailors assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay moored the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) along with embarked staff from the Carrier Strike Group 2 and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) in Souda Bay, Greece, at the NATO Marathi Pier Complex on April 28, 2024.

Construction Electrician 3rd Class Sean Lassiter, assigned to Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Europe, Africa, Central, watches as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) arrives in Souda Bay, Crete, for a scheduled port visit on April 28, 2024.
Construction Electrician 3rd Class Sean Lassiter, assigned to Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Europe, Africa, Central, watches as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) arrives in Souda Bay, Crete, for a scheduled port visit on April 28, 2024.
Construction Electrician 3rd Class Sean Lassiter, assigned to Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Europe, Africa, Central, watches as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) arrives in Souda Bay, Crete, for a scheduled port visit on April 28, 2024.
NSA Souda Bay welcomes USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
Construction Electrician 3rd Class Sean Lassiter, assigned to Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Europe, Africa, Central, watches as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) arrives in Souda Bay, Crete, for a scheduled port visit on April 28, 2024.
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Delaney S. Jensen
VIRIN: 240428-N-EM691-1014


IKE departed for deployment on Oct. 14, 2023, and has been deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation to support maritime security and stability in the Middle East region.

"We are here to support our forward-deployed forces with everything from resupply and physical security, to a much needed port call for our shipmates that have been out to sea and in harm's way," said Cmdr. James Kotora, executive officer, NSA Souda Bay. "For the Mighty Ike, with their extension at sea, we want to make sure their time here in Souda Bay is relaxing and rejuvenating, so they can continue to get out there and complete our Navy's mission."

Members of the crew had the opportunity to get off the ship and experience Greek culture and traditions as well as utilize the installation’s Navy Exchange, medical clinic, ID card lab, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) services during their stay.
NSA Souda Bay’s MWR provided the Sailors food, beverage, and recreation services at the pier, and offered island tours. Ike Sailors could choose from historical sites, outdoor recreation, and local dining. Some of the activities included Imbros Gorge, Knossos Ancient Civilization Palace, Crete Golf Club, Lassithi Plateau, and more.

Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) paint a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) paint a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) paint a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
NSA Souda Bay welcomes USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) paint a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
Photo By: Konstantinos Fantaousakis
VIRIN: 240430-N-AH609-1001-GR


“This is my second time being in Greece,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Justice Boakye, IKE. “I love this place – nice people, nice food, and nice culture. Being in the Navy and coming over here for community relations is showing who we are as the United States. Helping out and volunteering shows part of what we have to offer as the U.S. Navy to Greece.”

During their stay in Crete, Sailors from the IKE performed community service in a local village.

Lt. Juan Garcia, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), paints a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
Lt. Juan Garcia, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), paints a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
Lt. Juan Garcia, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), paints a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
NSA Souda Bay welcomes USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
Lt. Juan Garcia, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), paints a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
Photo By: Konstantinos Fantaousakis
VIRIN: 240430-N-AH609-1008-GR


“We are thankful to be here and be hosted by the Greek community,” said Lt. Juan Garcia, IKE. “It is always a pleasure to come and help out the community, and painting this fence for this church is one of the small things we are glad to do. Everyone has been very friendly and helpful, and the food is great!”

26 Sailors painted 560 feet of fencing at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras village over the course of two days for a total of nine volunteer hours.

"As a representative of the village of Mouzouras, Municipality of Chania, I would like to say on behalf of the residents, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for volunteering and for your hard work,” said Nikos Psilakis, retired Hellenic Air Force officer. “Fair winds and following seas to all of you."

Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) paint a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) paint a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) paint a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
NSA Souda Bay welcomes USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) paint a fence during a two-day community relations project at the St. Ioannis Orthodox church in Mouzouras, Chania on April 29-30 as part of their regularly scheduled port visit.
Photo By: Konstantinos Fantaousakis
VIRIN: 240430-N-AH609-1007-GR


“We know that the local community supports the U.S. Navy ships that are pulling in, and we are grateful for their partnership,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Alexander, chaplain, USS Gravely. “This is an awesome opportunity for our Sailors to serve and not always have to be served.”
 
 

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