NEWS | Oct. 13, 2020

U.S. and British Navies Conduct Training in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

By By U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) conducted passing maneuvers with Royal Navy Albion-class amphibious transport dock HMS Albion (L14) in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Oct. 10, 202

The evolution reinforced U.S. and British joint naval forces training, rehearsing navigation and ship handling events in a dynamic environment. U.S. Navy vessels routinely conduct training with NATO Allies and partners in order to enhance collaboration and increase capacity in order to strengthen the regional maritime security.

“Today’s exercise continued a long-standing history of coordinated maritime operations and strengthening of our storied relationship,” said Cmdr. Ryan Kendall, Roosevelt’s commanding officer. “It’s a privilege to work alongside our British counterparts in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

The eastern Mediterranean Sea is one of the most kinetic areas of responsibility on the globe. It remains a hub of commercial, political, and socio-economic activity; it is essential that NATO Allies are able to conduct security-focused missions with cooperation and professionalism.

“Driving a destroyer during these evolutions requires intense formality and focus, it’s professionally rewarding to work with other nations at sea,” said helmsman Seaman Tyler J. Gilmore.

The U.S. has operated in the Mediterranean Sea consistently for over 200 years alongside Allies and partners. The goal has always been the same: to ensure regional stability, enabling freedom of navigation and economic prosperity.

In the Atlantic Ocean, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) is sailing as part of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group for Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2. Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 is a U.K.-hosted, multilateral training exercise designed to provide NATO and Allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment to prepare for global operations.