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U.S. 6th Fleet Participates in Exercise Argonaut

May 30, 2017 at 8:34 AM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

The U.S. Navy is participating in exercise Argonaut in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea May 27 – June 2, 2017.

Exercise Argonaut 2017 is a maritime search and rescue and non-combatant evacuation exercise lead by the Republic of Cyprus, is designed to increase interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation. The exercise helps promote maritime safety and security in the region.

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Cyprus, Greece, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, and the U.S. are scheduled to participate in this exercise. Israel is sending representatives as observers only and will not participate in this exercise.

U.S. 6th Fleet units scheduled to participate in the exercise are the Arleigh Burke-class guidedmissile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) and one P-8A Poseidon from Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 16.

Argonaut is a regularly scheduled exercise and is not associated with, or a reaction to any real world events.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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