USS Vella Gulf Conducts Exercises with Turkish Navy

Release Date: 06/10/2014 | 1815

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III, USS Vella Gulf Public Affairs.

BLACK SEA - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the Turkish navy corvette TCG Buyukada (F-512) in the Black Sea, June 10.

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FILE PHOTO | BLACK SEA (June 3, 2014) - Quartermaster 2nd Class Todd Marriott (left) and Operations Specialist 3rd Class Adam Leichner scan the horizon for surface contacts as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) makes a scheduled port visit to Constanta, Romania. Vella Gulf is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III/RELEASED) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

The engagement provided U.S. Navy assets an opportunity to work with Turkey to improve maritime capabilities and interoperability in a number of maritime mission areas.

Vella Gulf and Buyukada shared tactics and techniques in countering air, surface, and asymmetrical threats. The two ships also communicated via bridge-to-bridge communications in order to simulate hailing a ship before beginning preparations for boarding.

Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.


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