GDYNIA, Poland – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) departed Gdynia, Poland, after a three-day scheduled port visit May 9, 2015.
While in port, the ship hosted visits from the President of the Republic of Poland and the U.S. Ambassador to Poland, which helped reaffirm the U.S. Navy’s commitment to strengthening ties with its NATO ally while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the Baltic Sea region.
“I am extremely glad we were able to take advantage of these opportunities, especially hosting President Komorowski aboard. Extending the diplomatic arm of the United States to forge these strong bonds with our allies is one of the most honorable and enjoyable facets of naval service.”
-Cmdr. Darren Dugan, USS Jason Dunham commanding officer
- The U.S. Navy, on a normal and routine basis, operates ships in the Baltic Sea consistent with international law.
- President of the Republic of Poland Stanisław Komorowski visited the ship May 8.
- Ambassador to the Republic of Poland Stephen Mull visited the ship during a reception for U.S. embassy, Polish military and U.S. military personnel, May 7.
- Dugan made office calls with Capt. Ryszard Grudziński, deputy commander of the Polish 3rd Flotilla; Rear Adm. Stanisław Zarychta, commander of the Polish Maritime Operations Center; and Stanisław Szwabski, chairman of the city council of Gdynia, May 6.
- Tours of the ship were given to members of the Polish press, U.S. embassy personnel and Polish military personnel during the port visit.
- Jason Dunham Sailors visited Auschwitz to pay their respects and learn about the history behind the concentration camp.
- Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Poland demonstrates the shared commitment the U.S. has toward promoting safety and stability within the region while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with its allies and partners.
- Jason Dunham is currently operating in the Baltic Sea, working with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve our maritime forces, maintain regional security, and work towards mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe.
- USS Jason Dunham, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 27.
- U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.