(NNS) -- A guided-missile destroyer and maritime patrol aircraft assigned to Commander U.S. 7th Fleet, will participate in the Republic of Korea-hosted Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) exercise Eastern Endeavor 2010, Oct. 13-14.
USS Lassen (DDG 82) and a P3-C Orion from Commander Patrol & Reconnaissance Force, 7th Fleet, will take part in the exercise.
Eastern Endeavor, hosted by the Republic of Korea, aims to halt illicit weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation by promoting proactive information sharing and enabling the development of capabilities and nations.
The exercise helps advance international efforts to deter proliferation of WMD. All PSI supporters have agreed to prevent the trafficking of such weapons, their delivery systems and related materials to and from states and non-states actors of proliferation concern. PSI participants address the proliferation challenge on all fronts, including air, sea and land.
Lassen is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is a member of Commander Battle Force, 7th Fleet. Commander Patrol & Reconnaissance Force, 7th Fleet is headquartered at Misawa Air Base in Misawa, Japan.
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