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USS O'Bannon Joins Israeli, Turkish Navies in Search and Rescue Exercise

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Story Number: NNS050110-02
Release Date: 1/10/2005 9:58:00 AM

From U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Approximately 400 U.S. Sailors from USS O'Bannon (DD 987) and a P-3C Orion detachment based out of Sigonella, Italy, will participate in an annually-scheduled exercise with the navies of Israel and Turkey.

The exercise, Jan. 9-13, will be the seventh combined search and rescue exercise of this nature and will take place in international waters off the Israeli coast.

Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. Harry Ulrich cited the importance of these theater security exercises.

"This type of exercise is invaluable toward fostering mutual commitments to regional stability, advancing multinational interoperability and deterring potential adversaries," said Ulrich.

The objective of this exercise is to practice coordinated emergency search and rescue procedures in order to save lives in times of distress at sea. By building familiarization with each other's capabilities and working together, elements of the three naval forces, which regularly operate in the Mediterranean Sea, will enhance their ability to provide humanitarian aid and more effective responses to actual maritime emergencies.

The diverse and demanding training agenda will enhance interoperability and develop military-to-military cooperation between the United States and the participating countries. They include a host of opportunities to operate together and develop productive relationships, resulting in a better understanding of each other's capabilities and resources.

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