France: FRUKUS 2013 Draws to a Close

FRUKUS 2013 Draws to a Close

The multinational training exercise FRUKUS 2013, came to a close July 3, after completing both at-sea and in-port training while in port Brest, France, June 25 – July 2.

FRUKUS was created in 2003 to aid in talks between France, Russia, U.K, and United States.

FRUKUS 2013 focused on improving maritime security through open dialogue and increased training of the participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation.

During the exercise, U.S. participants worked side-by-side with other partner-nations at sea and ashore to foster multinational interoperability.

 “We learned a lot from each other; it was a rewarding training opportunity and we had a great time,” said Cmdr. Cory Blaser, commanding officer, USS Nicholas (FFG 47). “The partnerships, cooperation and friendships forged during this exercise are critical to the promotion of peace in the region.”

During the training, the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47), homeported in Norfolk, participated in boarding drills, damage control training and sporting events.

The sponsorship rotates between the four navies, with the lead nation traditionally providing a blend of professional and cultural activities.

FRUKUS is an annual exercise aimed at improving maritime security through an open dialogue and increased training between the navies of France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.

Press Release, July 4, 2013; Image: US Navy