NEWS | Sept. 7, 2018

Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Strengthens Relationships with Egyptian Navy

By U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, visited the Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian navy, Vice-Admiral Ahmed Khaled in Alexandria, Egypt, Sept. 7-8, 2018.

“The Egyptian Navy is an important security partner to the U.S. Navy, both in the Red Sea and in the Mediterranean,” said Franchetti. “By working collectively to enhance the strong relationship between our navies, we can ensure regional security and stability and signal to the world that our partnership is strong and enduring.”

The visit coincided with a port visit from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64). Carney is visiting Alexandria prior to participating in exercise Bright Star 2018, a combined command-post and field-training exercise aimed at enhancing regional security and stability by responding to modern-day security scenarios with the Arab Republic of Egypt.

“Building these professional relationships through training and exercises allows us to improve interoperability which will allow us to better work together in order to counter terrorism and violent extremist organizations,” said Franchetti.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.