USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and Carrier Strike Group 12 arrive in Antalya, Türkiye for a scheduled port visit on August 25, 2023.

This visit marks the fourth stop of the aircraft carrier's deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations.

Coordinated exercises were conducted with Turkish Navy ships and Air Force assets, enhancing interoperability and regional security commitment.

Rear Adm. Erik J. Eslich emphasizes that the exercises advanced shared maritime tactics and interoperability goals.

The U.S. Navy regularly operates with Turkish allies, and this visit follows recent port calls by other U.S. vessels.

USS Gerald R. Ford showcased its operations at sea to key government and military leaders before arriving in Antalya.

The aircraft carrier's crew experiences Türkiye's culture and history during the port call.

The carrier strike group comprises Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 2, and multiple USS ships.

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