US Navy USS Billings and Dominican Republic Navy Patrol Boats Strengthen Bonds
US Navy USS Billings and Dominican Republic Navy Patrol Boats Strengthen Bonds

US Navy USS Billings and Dominican Republic Navy Patrol Boats Strengthen Bonds

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Billings (LCS 15) and the Dominican Republic Navy conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) July 10, following a three-day port visit to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. During the exercise, Billings worked with Armada de República Dominicana Swiftships 110′-class patrol boat Canopus (GC-107) and Justice Boston whaler-class boat Nunki (LI-163). Forces practiced a series of tactical shipboard movements, formations, and vectoring, as well as tested command and control capabilities.

Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, gives remarks during a reception on the flight deck aboard the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Billings (LCS 15), July 9, 2021.
Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, gives remarks during a reception on the flight deck aboard the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Billings (LCS 15), July 9, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin G. Collins/Released)

The training helped to improve interoperability and demonstrate the strategic partnership with the Dominican Republic that helps facilitate conducting naval operations against emerging threats in the region. While in port, Billings hosted a reception onboard, welcoming the President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Mr. Luis Rodolfo Abinader, Vice President of the Dominican Republic Raquel Peña, Chargé d’Affaires of U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Mr. Robert W. Thomas, and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson.

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 The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Billings (LCS 15) transits the Caribbean Sea, July 10, 2021.
The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Billings (LCS 15) transits the Caribbean Sea, July 10, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin G. Collins/Released)

Billings port visit marked the first time Sailors have been granted liberty in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The crew was able to experience the culture of the Dominican Republic, while adhering to regulations as set forth by the country to ensure the continued health and safety of the crew. Billings’ visit to the Dominican Republic supports 4th Fleet mission of employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations.

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Billings (LCS 15) conducts a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Dominican Republic Navy Swiftship-110'-class patrol boat Canopus (GC 107) and Justice Boston whaler-class boat Nunke (LI 163), July 10, 2021.
Billings is deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter-illicit drug trafficking missions in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin G. Collins/Released)

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.

US Navy USS Billings and Dominican Republic Navy Patrol Boats Strengthen Bonds
The USS Billings (LCS 15) conducts a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Dominican Republic Navy Swiftship-110′-class patrol boat Canopus (GC 107) and Justice Boston whaler-class boat Nunke (LI 163), July 10, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin G. Collins/Released)
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