RIGA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) arrived in Riga, Latvia for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 15, 2022.
While in port, the ship and her crew will host civilian and military leaders from throughout Latvia, providing an excellent opportunity to continue building on the strong and enduring relationship between the United States, Latvia, and other Baltic states.
Additionally, Sailors will be able to explore the city of Riga and participate in tours to experience the rich culture and connect with the people of Latvia.
“Our presence in Riga serves as a physical reminder to the Latvians that we fully support the NATO alliance and the Baltic States,” said Cmdr. Aaron Arky, Paul Ignatius’ commanding officer. “I am pleased to visit a Baltic State that has shown such leadership and resolve in the region, highlighted by President Levits' visit to Ukraine this week. My crew and I look forward to our time in Latvia.”
Paul Ignatius is the latest U.S. Navy ship to conduct a port visit in Riga, following the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) just last week and fellow destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in July of this year.