By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erika L. Kugler
Maritime forces from Great Britain and France operated with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in the Mediterranean Sea, April 23-25.
The British Royal navy destroyer HMS Duncan (D 37), the French Marine Nationale frigate FS Languedoc (D 653), along with the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), conducted operations to support dynamic training with NATO and partner maritime forces in order to create capacity in high-end warfare.
“The opportunity to work with our French and British partners is always a great experience,” said Capt. Murz Morris, commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, about the integration. “Beyond building on the already strong bond we have with these countries, it also served as a way to enhance our flexibility and warfighting lethality across the spectrum. The ability to integrate practically seamlessly demonstrated how our procedures are closely aligned.”
Morris also added that these close-relations lead to greater capabilities.
“This aspect of our close relationship serves as a force multiplier, not just in the Mediterranean but world-wide,” said Morris. “Opportunities like this to ‘plug and play’ ensure we and our allies are on a constant upward projector in terms of operational response capability world-wide.”
The JCSCSG will continue to transit the Mediterranean Sea to provide support and increase the capabilities of allies and partners.
The John C. Stennis is in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the JCSCSG deployment in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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