By U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet
July 30, 2020 —
PACIFIC OCEAN — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Guatemalan navy Quetzal LCU BL-1601, July 28.
PASSEXs are unit exercises requiring cooperation, communication and interoperability between two or more navies, testing advanced ship maneuvering and tactics. It affords the opportunity to improve crews’ knowledge and demonstrate shared tactics.
“The PASSEX provides an opportunity to strengthen military-to-military relations as well as demonstrate the commitment we all share in promoting maritime security in this region,” said Cmdr. DeVere Crooks, Halsey commanding officer.
The PASSEX gave each ship the opportunity to guide the other in a series of coordinated division tactical maneuvers using a flag hoist.
“The exercise was tremendously successful and mutually beneficial,” said Crooks….
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