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US guided missile destroyer and four UK ships to arrive in Riga for a port visit

The US guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham will visit the port of Riga on July 12, followed on July 13 by four University Royal Naval Unit ships from the United Kingdom currently participating in exercises in the Baltic Sea, reported Sargs.lv, a military news portal.

During the journey students from universities in the United Kingdom will obtain practical experience by learning under a Navy lieutenant, informed the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Riga.

The ships HMS Biter, HMS Pursuer, HMS Explorer and HMS Trumpeter will arrive in Riga from the Kihnu island and depart to Ventspils and Liepāja afterwards.

The captains of the ships will meet with Juris Radzevičš, executive director for the City of Riga, as well as Major General Juris Zeibārts of the United Headquarters.

On July 13 sailors from the USS Jason Dunham will participate in an outreach project at the Jurmala city orphanage Spriditis (Sēravotu street 9). Members of the crew will paint and assist in other renovation work at the orphanage campus, noted the U.S. Embassy in Riga.

The Jason Dunham visit is part of NATO's commitment to strengthening ties with the regional partners and allies, promoting stability and piece in the Baltic Sea. The ship arrived to Latvia on May 4, strengthening the Atlantic Resolve forces in the Baltics with a naval presence.

"The U.S. continues the commitment to our NATO partners and allies in Europe. We are 'Strong Together', and the chance to regularly - or periodically - work together with colleagues in the Mediterranean, the Black and the Baltic Sea regions and in the North Atlantic will not only strengthen our relationship but also improve our compatibility and improves mutual understanding," said Vice Adm. James Foggo, Commander, 6th Fleet.

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