Nineteen members of the Fregatte Hessen crew visited the ship's sponsor state - Hessen. The crew of the German navy ship, whose home port is Wilhelmshaven, was invited by the State Chancellery. Among other activities, they paid a visit to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Dec. 12, 2018 where they were welcomed by Garrison Commander Col. Noah C. Cloud, who emphasized the importance of maintaining close ties between the U.S. and Germany.

"One day, there will be stormy times, and when the stormy times come, that's when we have to already have a strong partnership," he said.

Fregatte Hessen Commander Olliver Pfennig agreed, "peace is not something that is just there. You need to work hard for it."

After lunch, the guests received a Clay Kaserne tour, and visited the fire department and the airfield, where they were shown a Blackhawk helicopter.

The tour ended at the Community Activity Center on Clay Kaserne, with a presentation on the 70th Berlin Airlift anniversary, which will take place in June.