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Three U.S. Navy ships are heading into the northern Atlantic Ocean to participate in Exercise Neptune Warrior, which runs from Saturday to June 19 and involves forces from eight other nations.

The exercise, which is run three times a year, is designed to improve operations between allied navies and prepare participants for their role in coalition joint task forces during upcoming deployments.

Participating Navy ships include the Norfolk, Va.-based cruiser USS Monterey; Mayport, Fla.-based guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans; and Mayport-based frigate USS Boone.

The three U.S. ships will be led by Capt. Robert Kapcio, Destroyer Squadron 24 commander. A total of 95 ships, aircraft and ground units will take part in the 10-day exercise.

Other participating nations include the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Australia, France and Spain.

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