Nationale and US Navy Destroyers conduct joint training in Mediterranean
December 14th French Navy Horizon-class Air Defense Destroyer "Forbin"
(D620) and US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer "USS
Ramage" (DDG 61) met in the Mediterranean sea (off Lebanon) to
conduct several training maneuvers including:
Anti-ship exercises, UNREP training (underway replenishment at sea),
communication through signal lamps and helicopter cross deck.
Navy Horizon-class Air Defense Destroyer "Forbin" (D620) and
US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer "USS Ramage"
(DDG 61)in the Mediterranean.
(Pictures: Marine Nationale)
The Forbin "Panther"
helicopter conducted several Touch And Go on USS Ramage allowing the
French Navy crew to learn about US Navy's procedure and the US crew
to get familiar with handling this type of helicopter.
The encounter at sea was also an opportunity for a number of sailors
from the "Forbin" and "USS RAMAGE" to switch ships
for a few hours. As the "Forbin'" second in command went on
the Americans Destroyer, the commander of the "USS RAMAGE"
was welcomed aboard the French vessel. A dozen American sailors of all
ranks followed him and were assigned according to their specialties
to sailors on board while a dozen French sailors did the same on "USS
The two vessels share the same motto: "Par Excellence".