13 August, 2009 - Today we arrived at Aksaz Naval Base, Turkey. After topping off on fuel this morning we shifted to a different pier to open up the fueling pier for other ships. We will be here for a few days to participate in an international exercise, enjoy some liberty and work on maintaining and preserving the ship. Near Aksaz is the town of Marmaris, a tourist destination with a beautiful waterfront that is lined with restaurants and shops. August is the height of tourist season here and the town is busy. Even though most onboard do not speak the language it will be easy to blend into the crowds and enjoy the city.