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U.S. ASW Exercise Begins in Norwegian Sea
BODO, Norway - Naval forces from Europe and North America gathered in Bodo, Norway, May 9, 2018, to participate in the pre-sail conference for an upcoming multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Norwegian Sea.
The exercise, led by the U.S., is designed to enhance interoperability and tactical proficiencies of ASW forces from Canada, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
"This exercise is a key opportunity for U.S. and allied partners to practice ASW skills in a tactically challenging environment," said Capt. Roger E.
Meyer, commander, Task Force 69, the U.S. 6th Fleet unit responsible for submarine operations in the European and African theaters. "It provides valuable headquarters-level and unit-level training and interoperability."
U.S. units participating in the exercise include one fast attack submarine, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) and one P-8A Poseidon aircraft attached to Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 10.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.