U.S. sailors and Marines join seven-nation exercises
More than 1,000 U.S. sailors and Marines are participating in a series of exercises in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean with servicemembers from seven nations, according to a Navy 6th Fleet press release.
The Barbary Thunder exercises, which started Thursday and run through July 7, are focused on “developing the individual and collective maritime proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation with regional allies,” the release states.
The amphibious transport ship USS Nashville, based in Norfolk, Va., and supply ships USNS Big Horn and USNS Camden, will join ships and aircraft from Morocco, Algeria and Italy for the series of related exercises.
Tunisia, France, Britain and Spain will have liaison officers on various ships.
Training will include helicopter operations, search and rescue scenarios, maritime interception procedures, maritime maneuvering, refueling at sea, communications exercises, and liaison officer exchanges.
Additionally, U.S. forces will conduct bilateral maritime training with the Algerian navy on Sunday and Monday while sailing off the coast of Algeria, according to the release.