U.S. Navy and Israel Kick Off Exercise Reliant Mermaid
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy will participate in Exercise Reliant Mermaid in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 12-15. Reliant Mermaid is a maritime search and rescue exercise designed to promote maritime safety and security in the region.
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug 13, 2013) – Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jared Baldwin signals to an Israeli Eurocopter AS565 MA Panther during a simulated vertical replenishment aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). Gravely, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
1 photo: Relian Mermaid: Israeli Eurocopter AS565 MA Panther
Photo 1 of 1: MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug 13, 2013) – Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jared Baldwin signals to an Israeli Eurocopter AS565 MA Panther during a simulated vertical replenishment aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). Gravely, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Download full-resolution version

From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy will participate in Exercise Reliant Mermaid in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 12-15.

Reliant Mermaid, now in its 12th iteration, is a maritime search and rescue exercise designed to increase interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime proficiencies, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation.

The exercise is also designed to promote maritime safety and security in the region.

U.S. 6th Fleet units scheduled to participate in the exercise are guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) and the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), along with maritime forces from Israel.

This regularly scheduled exercise is not related to any real-world events.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts 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.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.

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