US Navy's USS The Sullivans conducts exercise with Tunisian Navy


According to information published by the U.S. Navy on November 24, 2021, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and Tunisian Navy Offshore Patrol Vessels TNS Jugurtha (P610) and TNS Carthage (P503), conducted multiple tactical operations to enhance maritime security and increase interoperability between the two navies.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Offshore Patrol Vessel TNS Jugurtha (Picture source: Picryl)


The two navies executed a visit board search and seizure (VBSS) exercise, search and rescue (SAR) integrated training, simulated air defense exercises, tactical maneuvering exercises, and a live-fire exercise.

During the boarding exercise, a United States Naval Academy (USNA) 2020 graduate was a part of the VBSS team from the TNS Jugurtha (P610). He was a foreign exchange student, from Tunisia, in 8th Company at USNA.

While onboard, he had the opportunity to reunite with two of his classmates who are stationed aboard The Sullivans, Ensign Gabriella Baltimore, and Ensign Megan Gravette.

Conducting high-level training with our Tunisian partners proves our commitment to developing both nations' ability to conduct maritime security operations in the Mediterranean, further enhancing cooperation between U.S. and Tunisian forces in support of shared security goals.

USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) is near completion of the historic deployment after detaching from the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG-21).

TNS Jugurtha is the first Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 (MSOPV 1400) delivered by Damen to the Tunisian Navy. Despite its size, the smallest OPV offers high-level capabilities. It features an integral helicopter, two sea boats and 25-day endurance, all within 72 meters.

The OPV is powered by four Caterpillar 3512C diesels driving two controllable pitch propellers. Its maximum speed is estimated to be between 21 and 23 knots. The range is thought to be around 4,000nm and endurance around 25 days. The ship complement is 40 +12.


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