The port go to offers a possibility to reinforce the robust U.S.-Sweden partnership as the 2 nations work collectively for a extra secure, safe, and affluent Europe whereas offering the chance for Normandy’s Sailors to expertise the wealthy Swedish tradition.
“The officers and crew are extraordinarily excited to discover Gothenburg, Sweden,” mentioned Capt. Errol A. Robinson, commanding officer, USS Normandy. “Sweden is a key NATO Companion, so we’re humbled and joyful for the chance to type a key relationship and partnership with the residents of Gothenburg.”
Capt. Robinson can be attending workplace calls with the Mayor of Gothenburg, the area’s governor, and the colonel of the native Amphibious Corps regiment. He may also be attending to an invite for dinner from the Naval Officer’s Membership of Gothenburg. Moreover, Sailors from the ship will take much-deserved day without work to expertise the wealthy heritage of Gothenburg.
“Normandy lately welcomed two Swedish Sailors onboard whereas deployed for a sequence of discussions on Air Protection operations,” mentioned Command Grasp Chief William Palmer, referring to Swedish navy Lt. Cmdr. Viktor Tornerhjelm and Chief Pontus Bredbacka, who launched into the ship in November 2022. “This was an ideal coaching alternative for each international locations and we look ahead to future exchanges.”
“Chief Bredbacka and Viktor had been a pleasure to have on the ship underway,” mentioned Lt. Angela Lengthy, air protection officer, USS Normandy. “They exemplified nice qualities of Naval Officers and had been the mannequin of management, expertise, and ethical characters anticipated out of our Allied Companions. They had been courteous, skilled, and competent and are welcome again any time. USS Normandy thanks you!”
The ship’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) staff organized quite a lot of methods for Sailors to expertise the realm, together with excursions in a conventional Swedish paddan boat, a go to to the Bohus Fortress wreck, and passes for the town’s numerous museums, together with the Gothenburg Sports activities Historical past Museum and the Volvo Museum.
Strengthening partnerships in the course of the port go to to Gothenburg builds enduring relationships and emphasizes U.S. and Swedish shared dedication to selling security and stability throughout the area, whereas in search of alternatives to reinforce the interoperability of NATO Allies and Companions.
CSG-12, Gerald R. Ford CSG, is on a scheduled deployment within the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa space of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and companion pursuits.
Normandy is part of the Gerald R. Ford Provider Strike Group (GRFCSG). The GRFCSG is comprised of Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Provider Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, the Info Warfare Commander, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60).
The ships of DESRON-2 throughout the GRFCSG are the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG 61), USS McFaul (DDG 74), and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).
The squadrons of CVW-8 embarked aboard Gerald R. Ford are the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Fight Squadron (HSC) 9, the “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, the “Bear Aces” of Airborne Command and Management Squadron (VAW 124), the “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, the “Blacklions” of (VFA-213), the “Golden Warriors” of (VFA-87), the “Tomcatters” of (VFA-31), the “Grey Wolves” of Digital Assault Squadron (VAQ) 142, and the “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Assist Squadron (VRC) 40.
For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has cast strategic relationships with allies and companions, leveraging a basis of shared values to protect safety and stability.
Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces within the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of duty. U.S. Sixth Fleet is completely assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces by way of the complete spectrum of joint and naval operations.