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US Navy’s forward-deployed destroyers operate with NATO assets

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in multilateral exercises with Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1 and 2, respectively, Oct. 27-29, the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet stated.

In the Baltic Sea, Arleigh Burke joined SNMG 1 to conduct presence operations and demonstrate NATO interoperability in the Baltic region, Oct. 29. SNMG 1 consists of Canadian Frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH337), Dutch Frigate HNLMS Van Amstel (F831), Portuguese Frigate NRP Corte-Real (F332), and Spanish Frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón (F 102).

“The ability to conduct tactical maneuvering and flex advanced combat capabilities demonstrates the strength of our NATO alliance and provides a bold counterweight to adversarial influence in the European theater,” said Cmdr. Patrick Chapman, commanding officer of Arleigh Burke. “We look forward to continued operations with our NATO allies.”

Meanwhile, in the Aegean Sea, Porter sailed with SNMG 2 for communication serials and ship handling and precision maneuvering alongside SNMG 2 ships, Flagship Italian Frigate ITS Virginio Fasan (F591), Turkish Frigate TCG Gokceada (F494), German Tanker FGS Spessart (A1442) and Romanian Frigate ROS Regina Maria (F222). The ships also conducted an Air Defense Exercise featuring Portuguese F-16 aircraft currently stationed in Riga, Latvia.

The Portuguese Vasco da Gama-class frigate NRP Corte Real (F 332) and Spanish frigate SPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (FFG 102) participate in a NATO exercise along with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), Oct. 28, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo)

These exercises provided the opportunity to strengthen our relationships with NATO allies and partners while extending the reach of the Alliance and improving interoperability and cohesion among nations.

“Integrating with our NATO allies and partners demonstrates our ability to combine forces quickly and efficiently to be stronger together,” said Capt. Kyle Gantt, Commander, Task Force 65. “Simultaneously operating two forward-deployed destroyers with NATO allies on opposite ends of the continent demonstrates the reach of NATO and our commitment to stability throughout the region.”

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