ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Marines attached to 2nd Platoon Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST), Company Europe, began a bilateral training exercise, Lisa Azul, Jan. 24 with Spanish marines, aboard Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota and the Spanish training ranges at Sierra Del Retin.
"The purpose of this exercise is to improve and sustain unit core capabilities and increase interoperability amongst all participating units," said Capt. Chris Rogers, FAST Company's executive officer. "It's a good opportunity to cross-train with our Spanish allies, as well as improve the cultural understanding of our host nation.
Sailors from U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Demolition Detachment, Europe, and Seabees from Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 3 are also participating in the exercise.
The training will include live-fire machine gun and marksmanship ranges, as well as convoy training and close-quarters battle scenarios aboard NAVSTA Rota.
Training and combat facilities at NAVSTA enable bilateral training exercises, such as Lisa Azul, to promote both countries' maritime strategies, said Capt. Bill Mosk, NAVSTA commanding officer.
"Rota plays a crucial role in supporting our nation's Maritime Strategy by providing the facilities and opportunities for evolutions such as this," said Mosk.
"We want to ensure we are providing exceptional support to our warfighters."
The exercise is scheduled to conclude in early February.
"Bilateral field training exercises such as Lisa Azul enables our Marines and Sailors to develop interoperability between U.S. Forces while at the same time fostering important working relationships and exchanges of tactics and skills with our Spanish Hosts," said Capt Martin Beck, commander, Commander Task Force (CTF) 68. "Our forces and our partnership with Spain are key in maintaining regional maritime safety and security."
FAST Company Europe is a tenant command of Commander, Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe and Africa (CTF 68). The task force is responsible for exercising tactical control and functional component command over assigned forces for the direction, control and approval of movements, maneuvers and operations necessary to accomplish Commander, 6th Fleet assigned missions and tasks.
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