On April 24 the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely arrived in Klaipėda from Norway for a scheduled port visit. Today she was welcomed by President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys.
At a press conference, President underscored security on land and at sea as a priority as Ukraine struggled for the sixty-second day. The first visit by USS Gravely to Lithuania demonstrated leadership and commitment to the security of the Baltic states that feel the threat especially acutely. We need unity, resolve to fight together and at once, because we need not only deterrence but also successful defence.
“This event today stands as a proof that the United States has our back in the maritime domain as well. I hope it will become yet another step towards a closer cooperation and new projects together,” Chief of Defence said.
One of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, surface warships of the United States Navy, USS Gravely (DDG 107), was built in 2007 and is named after U.S. Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. Armed with Tomahawk guided cruise missiles and missiles of other modifications, submarine warfare torpedoes, naval artillery designed to engage both surface and air targets surface to air and surface to surface artillery guns, such ships make up the main fighting power of the U.S. Navy among surface warships. USS Gravely has been deployed to a range of operations since its commissioning: the Syrian coast blockade in the Mediterranean and an African migrant rescue operation near Greece in 2013, arms embargo operation against Iran in the Persian Gulf in 2016.
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Photo credit: Sgt Spc 1st Class Ieva Budzeikaitė