By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class T. Logan Keown
| | Sept. 18, 2019
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 16, 2019) - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) transit the Atlantic Ocean Sept. 16, 2019. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its seventh patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) (Photo by MC3 T. Logan Keown)
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 participate in the first Recognized Environmental Picture Augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems REP (MUS) exercise hosted by the Portuguese Navy in Lisbon, Portugal, Sept. 8-20, 2019.
"Porter is thrilled at the opportunity to be involved in REP (MUS) 2019,” said Cmdr. Craig Trent, commanding officer of Porter. “We're committed to regional stability and security, which is strengthened when we work with our NATO allies in developing new maritime capabilities like the Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems.”
REP (MUS) 2019 is a multinational unmanned underwater vehicle exercise hosted by the Portuguese Navy. During the exercise, participants will share tactics, techniques, and procedures in order to further technological advances with our partner navies.
“Exercises like this allow us to work hand in hand with our regional partners and increase our interoperability," said Trent.
Hosted this year by Portugal, participants in REP (MUS) 2019 include Belgium, Germany, Poland, Italy, Turkey, U.K., and the U.S. along with participation from NATO. REP (MUS) 2019 highlights the joint and combined capability of U.S. allied and partner forces to ensure that U.S. and partner nations have the modern, competitive capabilities to ensure freedom of navigation and deter malign actors.
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 promote security and stability in Europe and Africa.