US, Swedish navies conduct bilateral naval exercise

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducted an underway engagement with the Swedish Navy, on April 22nd.

“We are pleased to be conducting an exercise with our Swedish allies which will enhance interoperability between our Navies. Professional exercises between partners in the region, continue to promote a mutual commitment to regional and global security”, said Cmdr. Charles Hampton, commanding officer, USS Donald Cook

“The ability to execute anti-submarine warfare flight operations into the Baltic Sea from regional partner nations is crucial to maintaining theater security. Drills and exercises like this with our partners provide vital opportunities to increase our ASW expertise, improve allied naval interoperability, and refine our expeditionary capabilities. From our Polish hosts to Swedish naval units, this exercise has demonstrated the effective communication and cooperation within the region. It has been an honor to be a part such a successful team effort.”, said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Garcia, officer in charge and mission commander of (VP) 4 Combat Aircrew 11 (CAC-11)

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