US Navy conducts bi-lateral exercise with Dominican Republic
The USS Wichita (LCS 13), a Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, conducted a bi-lateral maritime exercise with Dominican Republic naval counterparts on March 24 while operating in the Caribbean Sea.
The exercise enabled both navies to demonstrate interoperability in preparation for future tactical operations, sustain readiness at sea, and demonstrate our commitment to regional security.
The forces were able to practice a variety of tactical shipboard movements and formations, as well as test command, control, and communication skills, during the exercise.
The exercise provided an opportunity for the two countries to cooperate in order to improve their capabilities in the face of common threats.
The Wichita held an exercise with the Dominican Republic Navy for the second time this month. The exercise included the participation of the Dominican Republic's newest vessels, the Close Coastal Patrol Vessel Betelguese (GC 102) and the Coastal Patrol Vessel Orion (GC 109).
The United States Navy's USS Wichita (LCS-13) is the third Freedom-class littoral combat ship named after Wichita, Kansas' largest port. On February 9, 2015, the symbolic "laying of the keel" took place in Marinette, Wisconsin.
On August 22, 2018, the US Navy received the ship from Lockheed Martin and the Marinette Marine shipyard in a double delivery with the USS Sioux City.
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