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Gonzalez Completes Passing Exercise with Turkish Navy

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS151214-16
Release Date: 12/14/2015 1:59:00 PM

By By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena, USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) Public Affairs

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Turkish Navy Dec. 11.

PASSEXs are conducted to improve maritime capabilities between the U.S. Navy and other naval forces. Gonzalez participated in various maneuvering formations and communication exercises with the Gabya class Frigate TCG Gkeada (F 494).

'It was an opportunity to work with our NATO ally, and I am glad that we were able to conduct teamwork building events in support of maritime security with Turkey,' said Cmdr. Stefan Walch, commanding officer of Gonzalez.

The PASSEX helps develop understanding between the two naval forces and benefits both countries' readiness and partnership for future operations.

Gonzalez, part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

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