NEWS | July 18, 2020

USS Roosevelt Completes PASSEX with Norwegian Navy

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Austin G. Collins, USS Roosevelt Public Affairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) executed a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Norwegian naval counterparts in the Norwegian Sea, July 15, 2020.

Roosevelt and the Norwegian ship HNoMS Gnist (P979) conducted the exercise off the coast of Tromso, Norway.

"Training together hones our warfighting capability, enhances interoperability and furthers our professional relationships,” said Cmdr. Ryan Kendall, Roosevelt’s commanding officer. “As NATO Allies, this quality and frequency of training is paramount in preserving European security and U.S. national interests. As we continue to patrol the northern Atlantic, we look forward to working alongside the Norwegian Navy and our other allies and partners in the region again in the future."

U.S. Navy vessels routinely conduct training with allies and partners in order to enhance interoperability and increase capacity in order to strengthen the regional maritime security.

Roosevelt began its first patrol as a Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) asset on June 23 and executed a PASSEX with the Spanish Navy as the ship’s first exercise as a member of U.S. 6th Fleet. Roosevelt also participated in exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2020, an anti-submarine warfare exercise, with a number of NATO Allies off the coast of Iceland in early July.

Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

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.