May 12, 2012
SOUDA BAY, Crete (May 12, 2012) - Operations Specialist Seaman Alex Dibenedetto (left), a boarding team member assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), practices small arms tactics under the supervision of U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Joshua Aiken (right), from the to 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, aboard the training ship Aris at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center during Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12). PE12, a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces, is designed to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea.