Brown experiences Montenegro

Published 9:29 pm Saturday, March 23, 2013

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David L. Brown, son of Deloris Brown of Hopewell and David Brown of Suffolk, recently visited Bar, Montenegro, along with other sailors attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut.

Brown had the opportunity to experience Montenegro’s culture and spend time engaging with the community. He participated in sporting events with Montenegrin sailors, toured the towns of Perast, Koto and Skadar Lake, and visited Montenegro’s vineyards.

Farragut also sent several of its sailors to observe a boarding experience with Montenegrin sailors.

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Sailors planted trees in two community-engagement projects while in Bar. One event was held in a sporting complex, and the other at a local elementary school. Both projects were joint efforts between the U.S. and Montenegrin natives.

During the three-day port visit, sailors provided shipboard tours for Sue K. Brown, the U.S. ambassador to Montenegro and to ambassadors from Hungary, Romania and Slovenia, as well as Montenegrin military and civilians.

Farragut, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U. S 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

Brown is a 1998 graduate of Hopewell High School and joined the Navy in October 1998.