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U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Elliot Eggert, left, assistant fires and effects coordinator for Task Force 61/2, and U.K. Royal Navy Lt. Cdr. Steve Lovatt communicate within the the QinetiQ range control facility, Sept. 7, 2022, prior to a demonstration during Exercise Atlantic Thunder 2022 in the Hebrides Islands, Scotland.
220907-M-YC276-1161.JPG Photo By: Staff Sgt. Timothy A. Turner

Sep 23, 2022
ATLANTIC OCEAN - U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Elliot Eggert, left, assistant fires and effects coordinator for Task Force 61/2, and U.K. Royal Navy Lt. Cdr. Steve Lovatt communicate within the the QinetiQ range control facility, Sept. 7, 2022, prior to a demonstration during Exercise Atlantic Thunder 2022 in the Hebrides Islands, Scotland. Combined U.S. and U.K. forces fired upon and sunk the decommissioned ex-USS Boone (FFG 28), Sept. 7 during Atlantic Thunder 22, a sinking exercise (SINKEX) to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing against a surface target at sea. Prior to being transported for participation in a sinking exercise, each vessel undergoes a rigorous cleaning process for environmental safety. Aligned with U.K. Ministry of Defense environmental policy, robust monitoring was conducted above and below the sea’s surface with trained personnel using specialized equipment to reduce the overall risk of inadvertently impacting the marine environment and marine mammals during the SINKEX. For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy A. Turner)


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