Yokosuka ships represent US at International Fleet Review
A pair of ships deployed to Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, are representing the U.S. at the International Fleet Review in India.
Guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam and guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell joined vessels from more than 50 nations, including China, Britain and France, Thursday in Visakhapatnam, India, a Navy statement said.
The exercise, hosted by the Indian navy on the Bay of Bengal to “help enhance mutual trust and confidence with navies around the world,” will run through Monday, the statement said.
Events include a ceremonial fleet review and fly-by overseen by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, and a parade of ships to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Adm. John Richardson, chief of U.S. Naval Operations, will attend the exercise to “help deepen maritime partnerships between India and the United States,” the statement said. He’ll also visit with Antietam and McCampbell sailors.
“This is the type of experience that only happens maybe once or twice in your career,” Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Malina Deru, of Taylorsville, Utah, said in the statement. “It’s not every day that you get to represent the United States Navy amongst 50 other navies while getting to experience the culture of a foreign country.”