Destroyer Squadron 22 Visits German Ship

Story Number: NNS070501-10Release Date: 5/1/2007 4:14:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Starkey, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

FGS HESSEN, At Sea (NNS) -- Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 visited German Frigate FGS Hessen (F221) on April 28 off the coast of Scotland.

This visit was part of Neptune Warrior, a 10-day course between European and American navies.

"It's very important to work closely with our [North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)] partners both on the high seas and one-on-one during visits such as this," said Capt. John Gelinne, commodore DESRON 22.

Hessen welcomed the U.S. Navy on board for a friendly discussion over lunch. This marks the first time during this session of Neptune Warrior that Gelinne visited a foreign ship.

"What a great ship and a great crew," said Gelinne. "Hessen is a new ship, possessing similar capabilities of our newest destroyers, and this crew knows how to fight her."

Visits such as these help bring together the chief of naval operation's vision of a 1,000-ship Navy; a concept for global maritime partnership.

"Whenever and wherever the opportunity exists we must develop and sustain relationships that will help improve the capacity of our emerging and enduring partners' maritime forces," stated Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael G. Mullen in his 2007 guidance.

Neptune Warrior is a biannual course involving NATO allies. Participants in this session of Neptune Warrior include France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. This course is open to allied navies with assets available to participate.

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