Tivat – After they completed a three–day official visit to Montenegro and its armed forces, four warships which belong to Group2 of fixed naval forces in the Mediterranean, left Tivat port yesterday at 11 o’clock.
German auxiliary ship–tanker “Rona” was the first one to raise anchor, and followed by Spanish frigate “Navara”, Italian frigate “Maestrale” and commanding ship SMNG2 American destroyer “Roosevelt” left Boka Kotorska port. While leaving the port they were assisted by tugboats “Boka Bay” and “Boka Sky”, and steered by our pilots Rajko Cavor, Slobo Vukasovic, Zeljko Malovic and Todor Knezevic by the end of the port. Ultimately the foreign warships were seen off by a school ship of Montenegro Naval, a sailboat Jadran.
“Roosevelt’s” port leaving was a special attraction for a few tens of observers on Tivat’s boardwalk Pina mainly because frigate captain John Carter, the ship’s commander and captain Rajko Cavor, the pilot turned 155–metre long and 9,600–ton heavy giant for 360˚degrees on the anchoring. While doing so they approached the boardwalk at the distance of 200 metres and numerous photographers were taking photos of “Roosevelt”.
The American rocket destroyer crew left Boka with two new members–young officers of Montenegro Navy, sub–lieutenants Goran Djurkovic and Slobodan Musovic who will sail on “Rusvelt” for the next few months and be trained practically for the activities done by SNMG2.
Before “Roosevelt” left the port chief commander of Montenegro Navy and captain of battleship Rajko Bulatovic, together with his colleagues was in a short farewell visit to chief commander of SNMG2, the American rear admiral Michael R. Gruthauzen.
Commanding staff of SNMG2 expressed their pleasure and gratitude for hospitality that NATO warships and their crew enjoyed in Tivat and Montenegro the previous days. During the last three days, more than 1,200 officers, noncommissioned officers and sailors spent a lot of money in Tivat’s restaurants, bars and shops, so that local businessmen rubbed their hands in glee. The guests departed with great impressions and with local specialties such as smoked ham, cheese and black wine which they found delightful.
Numerous members of NATO ships crew say they will soon come back to Montenegro as tourists with their families, and “Roosevelt” commander, frigate captain Carter says that he was especially impressed by Perast, Gospa od Skrpjela, Boka and the hospitality of Tivat’s residents.