USS Simpson and Armed Forces of Malta Exchange Tactics

Story Number: NNS140129-02Release Date: 1/29/2014 9:21:00 AM
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From Armed Forces of Malta and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

VALETTA, Malta (NNS) -- Members of the Armed Forces of Malta joined with Sailors from guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) to share tactics and techniques in a number of maritime mission areas, Jan. 24.

Members from different sections of the Armed Forces of Malta made good use of this exchange, which featured damage control training evolutions, expeditionary medical care and boarding team. Those that participated felt that the exchange allowed for greater growth in those skill sets.

Members of the Maltese Special Detachment Enhanced Boarding Team showcased their skills in maritime interdiction operations as they boarded Simpson. The boarding exercise highlighted the use of both forces' tactics and equipment.

"I think that there is always some knowledge gained in partnering with other forces," said Senior Chief Allen Bylls, assigned to Simpson's Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team.

The damage control scenarios featured processes for detection of fire and other hazards while at sea. Simpson's Damage Control Assistant Lt.j.g. Marco Arroyo walked Maltese Sailors through the ship's repair lockers to familiarize them with the tools used to counter fire, flooding and toxic gas. The training culminated in a crash and salvage drill, which simulated the crew responding to a downed aircraft on the flight deck.

"I was very impressed with the how well the Maltese Sailors performed," said Arroyo.

Maltese medics were also given training in expeditionary medicine testing their capabilities to rapidly treat combat wounds in conflict scenarios or incidents out at sea.

"It was very interesting to have a chance to compare critical life saving techniques, while indentifying the differences between Western and European medical practices," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Mathew Robichaux.

The port visit to Malta on Simpson's deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, serves as an important event in promoting and strengthening maritime partnerships with European nations.

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