Vicksburg Conducts Multinational Operations

Story Number: NNS120510-17Release Date: 5/10/2012 2:47:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nick C. Scott, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS VICKSBURG, At Sea (NNS) -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) conducted weeklong combined operations with French anti-air destroyer FS Cassard (D 614), April 16-21.

The operations were designed to leverage cooperative relationships to safeguard the region's vital links to the global economy.

Cassard is deployed from its homeport of Toulon, France and is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in concert with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group.

"We have had good interactions, we are operating as a joint force," said Lt. Jeremy Bourdeverre, missile officer aboard Cassard, who spent six days aboard Vicksburg. "My job is to make sure we have good communication between ships and {the Vicksburg crew} has made that easy."

Cassard was designed to protect an aircraft carrier, which made it a good fit with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group.

"We have the same mission and we came together seamlessly," said Lt. j.g. Barbour West, combat electronics division officer and bridge watchstander aboard Vicksburg.

Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams from both ships have also trained together with Cassard's team boarding Vicksburg, then Vicksburg's team boarding Cassard.

"We have different styles, but have learned a lot from each other." said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Zola, a member of the Vicksburg VBSS team.

Vicksburg is on its final deployment, operating with Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and is slated to decommission in 2013.

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

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