USS Winston S. Churchill Conducts PASSEX with Egyptian Navy

By USS Winston Churchill Public Affairs Office | | June 05, 2018

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and the Egyptian navy’s El Suez participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX), June 3, 2018.

A passing exercise is an exercise between two navies to ensure interoperability in navigation and communication in times of war and humanitarian relief.

Cmdr. Thomas Van Scoten, commanding officer of Winston S. Churchill, exchanged greetings with the Egyptian frigate’s leadership before the two ships conducted an exchange of liaison officers and performed maneuvering drills.

“The crew aboard the Churchill was thrilled to take part in this exercise with the Egyptian naval force,” said Van Scoten. “Exchanging liaison officers and conducting various tactical events help to strengthen a long standing relationship between our two navies while providing an opportunity to increase mutual tactical proficiency and foster interoperability.”

“This exercise was very successful and opens the door for many more like it in the future,” said Van Scoten. “I welcome the idea of continuing to work together with the Egyptians to enrich this history of positive Navy-to-Navy cooperation.”

Winston S. Churchill is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.