USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed Antalya, Turkey March 12, following a three-day port visit.

While in Turkey, Sailors had an opportunity to experience the culture and tour historical sites.

“The tour of Aspendos was amazing,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Dan Graves, a native of Lancaster, Penn. “The people were friendly and the country was beautiful.”

The ship hosted a reception on board that included military-to-military talks and ship tours for several local groups including Turkish military personnel, government officials and local business owners.

“It’s wonderful to be back in your beautiful city and experience the rich culture of Turkey,” said Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2. “We appreciate and respect the partnerships that have been developed through these visits.”

Miller went on to discuss the importance of maintaining positive relationships with our allies.

“Strong unions promote peace,” said Miller. “They also help enhance security for all countries throughout Europe and Africa.”

George H.W. Bush, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 2, is in the 6th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. The visit to Turkey was the second port call of George H.W. Bush’s 2014 deployment.