US Navy USS Laboon Conducts PASSEX with Royal Navy HMS Defender and Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Evertsen
US Navy USS Laboon Conducts PASSEX with Royal Navy HMS Defender and Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Evertsen

US Navy USS Laboon Conducts PASSEX with Royal Navy HMS Defender and Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Evertsen

The Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) completed a series of passing and communication exercises (PASSEX) with the British Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy, June 17, 2021 in the Black Sea. Laboon conducted a passing exercise with the British Royal Navy’s Daring-class air-defense destroyer HMS Defender (D 36) and the Royal Netherlands Navy’s De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate HNLMS Evertsen (FF 805). These maneuvers enhanced the tactical proficiency of both ships through precision ship handling and communication.

“This opportunity for ourselves and the HNLMS Evertsen to operate with the USS Laboon in the Black Sea has again demonstrated the agility and flexibility that exists between NATO allies to be able to work seamlessly together on Maritime Security operations in order to defend international order and promote global peace and stability,” said British Royal Navy Cmdr. Vincent Owen, Defender’s commanding officer. “All three of these major combatants showing how effective they are when working together is another strong display of the combined strength of our close partnerships.”

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 HMS Defender, USS Laboon and HMNLS Evertsen take station for close proximity sailing as a Russian warship watches from afar (rear of picture) whilst on maritime operations in the Black Sea.
HMS Defender, USS Laboon and HMNLS Evertsen take station for close proximity sailing as a Russian warship watches from afar (rear of picture) whilst on maritime operations in the Black Sea.(Photo by LPhot Dan Rosenbaum, HMS Defender)

The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea to work with NATO Allies and partners. Laboon’s time in the Black Sea marks the fifth U.S. Navy ship visit to the Black Sea in 2021. While in the region, Laboon is focused on enhancing regional maritime stability, combined readiness, and naval capability. Laboon is deployed as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG), supporting national security interests in Europe and increasing theater cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is a multiplatform team of ships, aircraft and more than 5,000 Sailors, capable of carrying out a wide variety of missions around the globe. The Navy provides a ready, flexible force capable of responding to a broad range of contingencies. Deploying ships and aircraft of the strike group, commanded by Rear Adm. Scott F. Robertson, include aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61); Destroyer Squadron 22 ships include Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Mahan (DDG 72) and USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).

US Navy USS Laboon Conducts PASSEX with Royal Navy HMS Defender and Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Evertsen
(Left to Right) HMNLS Severtsen, HMS Defender, and USS Laboon take part in some close proximity sailing whilst on maritime operations in the Black Sea.(Photo by LPhot Dan Rosenbaum, HMS Defender)
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