USS Kidd makes a port call on Guam

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Kidd.( Courtesy U.S. Navy)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) arrived on Guam last Friday, February 14, for a port call.

Approximately 350 sailors were on Guam for the port visit, including some sailors from Guam, like Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Pam O’Neil and Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Carolyn Warren.

“I feel excited and humbled”, said O’Neil. “I am waiting to see family members, to talk about the good old days, and to laugh and cherish every moment.”

“I haven’t seen my hometown in 20 years,” said Warren. “Guam is a beautiful island that offers a lot of possibilities for fun, relaxation, culture, good hospitality and good island food. Most of all the scenery is phenomenal.”

During the port call, Kidd sailors participated in community service projects for various organizations in the area.

“These projects add a deeper meaning to the port visit beyond the memories made with shipmates,” said Cmdr. Matt Noland, executive officer of Kidd. “They help to demonstrate – in their own small way – the goodwill and cooperative spirit of the United States of America.”

Kidd also used its time in port to complete routine maintenance to allow the ship to maintain a forward presence in the Indo-Pacific.

Kidd is currently deployed with the Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group, conducting maritime security operations to enhance partnerships and contribute to stability in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

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