Taylor Pulls into Murmansk, Russia
MURMANSK, Russia – USS Taylor (FFG 50) pulled into Murmansk, Russia, to celebrate the close World War II alliance between Russia and the U.S., and to honor veterans in both countries on the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, Sept. 6.
During its time in port, Taylor will host a reception, participate in several wreath laying ceremonies and a community relations project.
“I think it is fitting that we are here to celebrate this alliance and the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II,” said Ensign Bryan Kline, Taylor’s combat information center officer. “It reminds us of what we can accomplish when we come together, and look ahead to things we hope to achieve in the future.”
Taylor’s crew will have the unique opportunity to interact with the Russian Navy through scheduled sporting events and historical tours of the city and regional museums.
“It is a great honor to be here II,” said Seaman Apprentice Michael Westfall. “My grandfather served in World War II, and it is not everyday a U.S. Sailor gets the chance to go to Russia.”
Taylor, an Oliver-Hazard Perry class frigate, is homeported in Mayport, Fla., and is on a scheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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