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Moroccan And U.S. Navy Ships Exercise Together

Published on 11 February 2014

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Navy frigate USS Elrod and the Royal Moroccan Navy corvette Allal Ben Abellah conducted a series of drills at sea February 6.

The drills, called a passing exercise, were conducted to increase the tactical proficiency, partnership and operational readiness of the two navies, the U.S. Navy said in a February 7 press release.

The crews from each ship were given an opportunity to perform ship maneuvering, respond to a simulated man overboard and conduct a simulated boarding.

The boarding exercise was the most in-depth part of the exchange, as both ships’ teams boarded each other’s vessels and shared best practices, the Navy said.

“They boarded our ship as if we were a shipping vessel, searched each of the crew members, and searched certain areas of the ship that were designated to be a part of the scenario, and apprehended the suspects when they found contraband,” said Seaman Jacob Genovese, a member of the Elrod’s boarding team. “The entire time we watched from a distance and compared all of our techniques. Afterwards, we went to their ship and did the same.”

“Exercises like this are important, because in a world where so much deals with and depends on technology and weaponry, ship boarding is one of the few warfare areas that still relies on only people executing each of their jobs to perfection,” said Ensign Kainoa Cumpston, a boarding team officer aboard the Elrod. “It’s a very in-depth warfare area, and it’s something that needs to be constantly trained for.”

Cumpston said he was impressed with how the Moroccan team members executed their mission.

“It was a great opportunity to work with the Royal Moroccan Navy,” Cumpston said. “We have a very experienced boarding team on board, so we had a lot to share. They were a very professional team, and I feel like we all learned something.”



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Posted 2014-02-11 09:23:00