USS Porter participates in French multilateral exercise POLARIS 21

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78). Credit: US Navy.

The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) successfully participated in the French exercise POLARIS 21.

The POLARIS multilateral and interdomain exercise involves the participation of 6,000 personnel, 65 aircraft and more than 20 ships from across the NATO alliance.

According to the US Navy, the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle served as a valuable unit at the center of the simulated Allied forces.

Landing helicopter Dock Tonnerre, Destroyer Alsace, Provence, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Frégate Aconit, Forbin, Auxiliary ship Marne and other French ships, as well as units of the French Army and the French Air Force are the units participating in the ‘exercise.

Lt. Commander Casey DeSormier, Porter’s Plans and Tactics Officer (PTO), said: “This event was not just to capture a good image.

“The French Maritime Forces organized a highly organized and carefully planned war-at-sea exercise that challenged Porter’s combat team in several areas and proved that as NATO allies we are ready for high-intensity, high-end conflict today. ”

NATO allies participating in the exercise included the Hellenic naval ship HS Adrias, the Italian destroyer ITS Carlo Bergamini, the Spanish destroyer SPS Méndez Nuñez and the Spanish auxiliary ship Cantabria and the British destroyer HMS Dragon.

The USS Porter rejoined Exercise POLARIS operations on November 23.

The French Navy Liaison Officer aboard Lieutenant Porter Benjamin Frutos said: “This is the first time the French Navy has planned an exercise like this to prepare us and the French sailors to work with it. our allies in cooperation and to be ready to fight at high intensity. ”

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