USS Leyte Gulf and the other U.S. warships listed below, USS Nitze, USS Farragut, USS Truxtun and USS Delbert D. Black, are Aegis-class cruisers and destroyers equipped to launch Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles recently tested to intercept ICBMs. – RR


U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet
December 3, 2022

USS Leyte Gulf arrives in Slovenia for port visit

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf arrived in Koper, Slovenia, Dec. 3 for a scheduled port visit.

Leyte Gulf’s visit to Slovenia reflects the United States’ commitment to regional partners and allies, and compliments [sic] the exercises, training operations and cooperation conducted between NATO allies.


Prior to arriving in Koper, Leyte Gulf participated in the NATO-led vigilance activity Neptune Strike 22.2, a multinational exercise designed to provide tactical training for NATO units. Leyte Gulf, part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, participated alongside Italian navy destroyer ITS Caio Duilio, ITS Carabiniere and Albanian Coast Guard ships ALS Lissus and ALS Butrinti.


Leyte Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, is operating as part of the USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group, operating in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operation as part of a scheduled deployment.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush is the flagship of CSG-10, GHWBCSG. CSG-10 is comprised of George H.W. Bush, Destroyer Squadron [DESRON] 26, the Information Warfare Commander, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf.

The ships of DESRON 26 within CSG-10 are USS Nitze, USS Farragut, USS Truxtun, and USS Delbert D. Black.

The squadrons of CVW-7 embarked aboard the George H.W. Bush are the “Sidewinders” of Strike Fighter Squadron, the “Jolly Rogers”, the “Nighthawks,”, the “Pukin Dogs”, the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, the “Patriots” of Electronic Attack Squadron, the “Nightdippers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron, and the “Grandmasters” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron.

Photo: U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet