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US missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) will arrive in the Lithuanian western port of Klaipėda on Thursday.
USS Oscar Austin arrived to Klaipėda
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The visit demonstrates the US Armed Forces’ continuous efforts to strengthen ties with NATO allies and regional partners in the pursuit of the common goal to ensure peace and stability in the Baltic region, the US Embassy in Vilnius said.

On Friday, the destroyer will be visited by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaiė, US Ambassador to Lithuania Deborah McCarthy, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius.

USS Oscar Austin left Norfolk, Virginia to perform several missions aimed at strengthening regional maritime security and step up cooperation with NATO and regional partners in the Baltic region.

The Sixth Fleet of the United States Navy is stationed at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy. It performs various maritime security operations aimed at bolstering stability and security in Europe and Africa and takes part in cooperation mission with partners.

BNS