Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Varna, Bulgaria

On July 8th, 2009, USS STOUT (DDG 55) pulled into Varna, Bulgaria, its first stop in the Black Sea. To the left you can see our bow as we approached the city during sea datail.

After arriving pierside the crew enjoyed some liberty in town. Curfew was early because we get underway first thing in the morning. We will participate in a multinational naval exercise (Exercise BREEZE) hosted by the Bulgarians for the next three days.

I am looking forward to participating in the exercise. Most of my day was spent in pre-sail conferences and briefings. I enjoy working with other navies because I always come away with new friends and a better understanding of our maritime partners.