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U.S. Completes Participation in EASTLANT 2017
Naval forces from Germany, Norway and the United States completed participation in the German-led maritime exercise EASTLANT 2017 (EL17). EL17 was hosted by the Norwegian Navy and took place in the Norwegian Sea.
The exercise, which ran from May 8-26, 2017, was designed to enhance anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities among regional allies through increased interoperability and realistic training. During the exercise, U.S. naval forces worked side-by-side with counterparts from allied nations. Personnel became familiar with each other’s military tactics, techniques and procedures in order to achieve greater interoperability when conducting theater ASW operations.
The U.S. units which participated in EL17 were the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Helena and one P-8A Poseidon aircraft from commander, Task Force 67.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with joint, allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.