for French Navy ASW Frigate Montcalm and U.S. Navy Destroyer
mid-August , the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Georges Leygues-class
anti--submarine warfare frigate Montcalm (D 642) and the U.S.
Navy Arleigh Burke Flight II Class destroyer USS Porter (DDG
78) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the eastern Mediterranean
USS Porter (DDG 78) top underway with the Montcalm
frigate, bottom. Picture: French Navy
PASSEX was organized to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of Operation
Dragoon (World War II Allied landing on Southern France) and during
which French cruiser Montcalm provided accurate and effective
coastal fire support.
During this PASSEX, the French frigate and American destroyer conducted
joint training in:
- anti-submarine warfare
- tactical datalink
- anti-surface warfare (with main guns against floating targets).
These successfully conducted trainings are aimed to maintain the both
navies ability to operate jointly and immediately should the need arises.
In addition, 10 French sailors were transferred aboard USS Porter
while 10 US sailors got the chance to get aboard Montcalm.