USS Winston S. Churchill Completes Maneuvering Exercises with Turkish Navy

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class louis Thompson Staats IV | Aug. 28, 2020


The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) executed maneuvering exercises with the Turkish Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 28, 2020.                                                    

Winston S. Churchill and the Turkish Navy frigates Burgazada (F 513) and Barbaros (FF 244) executed the maneuvering formations with the training focused on building partner capability using NATO operational and tactical procedures.

“Today’s exercises enabled Winston S. Churchill to work alongside and increase our interoperability with a longtime NATO Ally,” said Cmdr. Brian Anthony, executive officer of Winston S. Churchill. “It was an honor to exercise with Turkey to advance our regional maritime security efforts.”

The U.S. Navy routinely trains with allied and partner nations in order to enhance maneuverability capabilities and interoperability by establishing communication and safety standards that strengthen regional maritime security.

Winston S. Churchill departed Norfolk, Virginia, Aug. 10 for a regularly-scheduled deployment to maintain maritime security and to ensure access, deter aggression, and defend U.S. allied and partner interests around the globe.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts joint and naval operations in order to support regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.