BALTIC SEA – The multinational training exercise FRUKUS 2012 continued its training with at-sea force protection exercises, June 28.
French naval vessel De Grasse (D612), Russian naval vessel Yaroslav Mudriy (727), British naval vessel HMS York (90), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), kicked off the days’ training with a simulated small-boat attack, then continued with live-fire weapons exercises, and firing of each ship’s larger weapons.
“Another essential part to promoting peace and security throughout a region is that we and our partner nations need to be able to work together and stand tall to deter an enemy threat,” said Capt. Kevin Hill, commanding officer of Normandy. “With these security exercises, we showed that we are more than capable of coming together to stand up for freedom and democracy in a way that says we stand united. We will continue to ensure that the waters of the world are secure and free of oppression.”
During the training, each ship took turns firing at floating targets includeing a large, red inflatable target known as the “killer tomato,” which was used for the ships smaller weapons systems. Near the end of the evolution, each ship its larger weapons at a second larger floating target that was two-miles from the group.
“In order to maintain a secure and crime-free region, we need to be able to work with our partners to discourage illicit actions,” said Chief Gunner’s Mate Brian Swain, leading chief petty officer of Normandy’s weapons department. “A good show of teamwork and capability says that we and our Baltic partners mean to keep the seas peaceful and protected, and we can work together well from great distances.”
FRUKUS is an annual exercise aimed at improving maritime security through an open dialogue and increased training between the navies of France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.