USS Cole, TCG Salihreis Conduct Underway Engagement (Gallery)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) conducted a NATO Underway Engagement with the Turkish navy Barbaros-class frigate TCG Salihreis (F 246), Oct. 16.

The engagements are a series of at-sea scenarios designed to enhance maritime capabilities among participating nations and typically include fleet maneuvers, daylight landing qualifications, division tactics and communication exercises, such as a publication exercise.

Multinational exercises like this demonstrate the U.S. and participating nations’ commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the Black Sea.

The inherent flexibility and capability of naval forces maintains the right presence where and when needed.

Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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