Smithfield Man Serving On Board USS Porter

Navy-Matthew-Austin-FIMEDITERRANEAN SEA – Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Mathew Austin, from Smithfield, North Carolina, stands a .50-caliber machine gun watch aboard USS Porter (DDG 78) as the ship departs Vlore Albania on Sept. 28th.

Porter, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on routine patrol conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Spratt)