May 18 (UPI) -- The USS Carter Hall arrived at Spain's Naval Station Rota this week following a multi-week exercise with the Portugese Navy and Marine Corps.
According to the Navy, the dock landing ship's visit to Rota will allow the ship to pick up food stores, medical supplies and mail -- and to conduct maintenance required for the ship's continued deployment.
"Naval Station Rota is a 'working port' for Carter Hall, therefore, the crew expects to complete normal work while in port," Cmdr. LaDonna Simpson, Carter Hall's commanding officer, said.
"The crew of the Carter Hall will have access to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Rota 'Fleet Zone,' an on-base area consisting of restaurants, sports fields, bowling alley and liberty center. Naval Station Rota's Navy Exchange and Commissary will also open their doors for exclusive hours, supporting the crew in maintaining their COVID-free deployment."
The Carter Hall is operating in the Atlantic as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group, which also includes the USS Iwo Jima and the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio.
The Iwo Jima stopped at Rota in late April for mid-deployment repairs.