By MC2 Tim D. Godbee
USS Simpson Public Affairs

Guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) arrived in Cartagena for a scheduled port visit, Feb. 28. 

Simpson's visit serves to strengthen the existing partnership between Spain and the U.S. and allow Sailors an opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. 

During the visit, the ship's leadership is scheduled to meet with Spanish Navy officials and Simpson is scheduled host a reception and ship tours. 

"This is my first visit to Spain, so I'm looking forward to experiencing Spanish culture and interacting with the Spanish Navy," said Cmdr. Kenneth Anderson, Simpson's executive officer. 

"It will be interesting to see the differences and similarities between our two navies. It's an outstanding opportunity for our counties to interact on multiple levels."

With Simpson nearing the end of its deployment, the visit gives its crew an opportunity to see southern Spain up close and in person. 

"I've been to parts of Spain in the past and enjoyed every second of it," said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Justin Vasquez, a crewmember aboard Simpson. 

"I love the culture, scenery and most of all the great weather," he added. "I'm excited to get another opportunity to enjoy this beautiful country." 

Simpson is on a scheduled six-moth deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime and theater security operations.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.