MANAMA, Bahrain -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) wrapped up a port visit to Manama, Bahrain, April 25.
The port visit allowed Laboon to conduct maintenance, repair and upkeep as well as experience local culture in Bahrain.
“We are excited to be here,” said Cmdr. Robert Lightfoot, Laboon’s executive officer. “The maintenance and repairs happening will see us through the remainder of our deployment. The down time and liberty that also come with this visit are very welcome. It’s always nice to be able to recharge the batteries and enjoy some of the recreational facilities, as well as the culture and hospitality of the Bahraini people.”
While in port, the crew held a 5K run and a basketball tournament. In addition, Sailors volunteered their time at an animal shelter.
The port visit behind them, Laboon will continue to conduct maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations as part of the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.
Laboon has had great success since its January deployment from its Norfolk homeport, conducting maritime security operations in the region as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces and making two major drug busts in the region, confiscating nearly 800kg of narcotics in March.
Laboon is deployed with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, which is comprised of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77); the nine squadrons and staff of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8; Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Truxtun (DDG 103), Danish guided-missile frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F 362) and Mayport-based guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Hue City (CG 66).