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    USS Mason Makes Port Visit to Salalah, Oman

    USS Mason (DDG 87) Oman Port Visit

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Janweb Marcyn Lagazo | 160720-N-CL027-004 SALALAH, Oman (July 20, 2016) Mass Communication Specialist 3rd...... read more read more

    By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Janweb B. Lagazo, USS Mason (DDG 87) Public Affairs

    SALALAH, Oman (July 21, 2016) Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) visited Salalah, Oman, during a port visit, which concluded July 21.

    While in Salalah, Sailors had a chance to explore the city and experience the Omani people’s rich history, culture, and food during tours to historic locations set up by Mason’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) committee.

    “I went on a camel ride tour, which was amazing,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class India Shula, assigned to Mason’s Supply Department. “It’s definitely something I can scratch off my bucket list. Our Omani tour guides were very welcoming and kind to us.. They treated us like lifelong friends, and we felt like guests.”

    Shula continued to say that the Omani people’s barbecued chicken and camel were great and the curry rice was unique and flavorful.

    Along with the camel riding tour at Wadi Darbat, Sailors were able to visit the Frankincense Land Museum, Al-Balid archaeological site, Al Husn Souk (market), the spring of Ayn Razat, Samhurum or Khor Rori palace ruins, the Lost City of Ubar, Jebel Qara and the tomb of the Prophet Ayoub, or Job, from the Old Testament.

    For four days, Sailors had the opportunity to enjoy liberty and to help strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Oman.

    “They’re a very proud and welcoming people,” said Fire Controlman 1st Class Misty Wiggers, assigned to Mason’s Damage Control Petty Officer Department.

    Oman is a valuable regional partner with whom the U.S. has a long -standing cooperation. Oman’s strategic location plays an important role in helping the U.S. realize its goals for regional stability and ensuring safe global maritime commerce.

    Mason, deployed as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG), is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

    Ike CSG includes the CSG-10 staff, the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the embarked squadrons and staff of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 staff, the guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Monterey (CG 61), and the DESRON 26 ships: the guided-missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Nitze (DDG 94) and Mason.

    Join the conversation with Mason on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MASONDDG87/.

    Find more news from USS Mason (DDG 87) at www.navy.mil/local/ddg87.

    For more news from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn69.

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    Date Taken: 07.21.2016
    Date Posted: 07.31.2016 09:02
    Story ID: 205603
    Location: SALALAH, OM 
    Hometown: NORFOLK, VA, US

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    USS Mason Makes Port Visit to Salalah, Oman