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U.S. Navy Southern Command Admiral visits Uruguay

Rear Admiral Robert T. Moeller prepares for visit of USS Thomas S. Gates in mid-June and links with Uruguayan Navy officials

March 30, 2004


Rear Admiral Robert T. Moeller, Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group One, visited Montevideo March 23 to 25. RADM Moeller wanted to meet the naval leadership in all the South American countries that USS Ronald Reagan and escort ship USS Thomas S. Gates will visit as they transit to change homeports from Norfolk, Virginia to San Diego, California. It is expected that USS Thomas S. Gates will have a port visit in mid-June in Punta Del Este.

During his visit, Rear Admiral Moeller conducted an office call with Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein. He then traveled to Punta Del Este and met the husbanding agent, Mr. Robin Cooper. There they discussed and oversaw the fleet landing and other related logistic matters.

The highlight of his visit occurred when he traveled to the Uruguayan Navy Headquarters for three office calls. The first was with the Commander-in-Chief of the Uruguayan Navy, Vice-Admiral Daners. The second was with Chief of Staff of the Uruguayan Navy, Rear Admiral Vigiletti, and the third was with the Fleet Commander of the Uruguayan Navy, Rear Admiral Debali.During these meetings they discussed the upcoming transit of both naval vessels and the opportunities to jointly train. Additionally they discussed how both navies look forward in working together again.

Rear Admiral Moeller departed Montevideo for Buenos Aires March 25. In his parting words, he stated that the visit was well worth the long travel from San Diego to Montevideo. Additionally, he noted that this was his first visit to any South American Country and he fully intends to return.

Rear Admiral Robert T. Moeller, Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein Fleet Commander of the Uruguayan Navy, Rear Admiral Debali, Rear Admiral Moeller.



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