The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) arrived in Kusadasi, Turkey, for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 4.

Bataan’s presence in Turkey reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region.

This is Bataan’s first port visit since transitting the Suez Canal Oct. 2, and leaving the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). Deployed since Feb. 8, Bataan is wrapping up an almost nine-month deployment and is returning to its homeport in Norfolk, Va. […]