USS Nitze Completes PASSEX with Egyptian Ship


Story Number: NNS120418-30Release Date: 4/18/2012 10:29:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Atherton, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS NITZE, At Sea (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Egyptian Navy corvette ship El Suez (F941), April 6.

"The PASSEX provides an opportunity to strengthen military-to-military relations as well as demonstrate the resolve we share to promote maritime security in this region," said Cmdr. Christopher Nerad, Nitze's commanding officer.

During the PASSEX, Egyptian officers were embarked aboard Nitze to observe, as well as to help communicate with El Suez.

The PASSEX gave each ship the opportunity to guide the other in a series of coordinated division tactical maneuvers.

El Suez steamed alongside Nitze for several hours during the exercise.

"The exercise was tremendously successful and mutually beneficial," said Nerad. "We proved that we can operate together at sea. It was a great learning experience and honor to have an opportunity to work with the Egyptian Navy."

Nitze is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and supporting missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.


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The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) transits the Suez Canal. Nitze is assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group,
120404-N-AP176-019 SUEZ CANAL (April 4, 2012) The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) transits the Suez Canal. Nitze is assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, which is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Atherton/Released)
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