U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan S. Barnhouse, a 2006 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, along with other sailors attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) visited Bar, Montenegro.
Barnhouse had the opportunity to experience Montenegro's culture and spend time engaging with the community, including sporting events with Montenegrin sailors, tour of the towns of Perast, Koto and Skadar Lake, and a tour of Montenegro's vineyards.
Farragut also sent several of their sailors to observe a boarding experience with Montenegrin sailors.
Sailors planted trees in two community engagement projects while in Bar, one event was held in a sporting complex and the other at a local elementary school.
Both projects were joint efforts between the U.S. and Montenegrin natives.
During the three-day port visit, sailors provided shipboard tours for the U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro, the Honorable Sue K. Brown and ambassadors from Hungary, Romania and Slovenia, as well as Montenegrin military and civilians.
Farragut, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is on a schedule deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
Barnhouse joined the Navy in October 2009.