USS Roosevelt conducted PASSEX with Turkish Navy in the Black Sea
A series of passing and communication exercises (PASSEX) with the Turkish Navy was completed by the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) on 1 October in the Black Sea, the US Navy reported.
With the Barbaros-class frigate TCG Barbaros (F 244) of the Turkish Navy, Roosevelt performed a passing exercise. Through precision ship handling and coordination, these maneuvers enhanced the tactical skills of both ships.
The Black Sea is a vital waterway in Europe for maritime trade and stability.
In order to collaborate with their NATO allies and partners, including Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine, the US Navy regularly operates in the Black Sea. This is the sixth time a U.S. Navy ship has visited the Black Sea in 2020.
The last ship to visit was the USS Porter (DDG 78) during the Sea Breeze 2020 exercise in July. Roosevelt focuses on international maritime security, combined readiness and naval ability development.
Roosevelt is undertaking the first naval patrol in the United States forward-deployed. Sixth Fleet area of operations in Europe and Africa in support of U.S. national and NATO security interests.
In support of NATO's Integrated Air Missile Defense architecture, four US Navy destroyers, including Roosevelt, are based in Rota, Spain, and assigned to Commander, Task Force 65.
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