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USS Curts, Pakistani Navy Participate in Officer Exchange Program

By Lt.j.g. Bryan Boggs, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS CURTS, At Sea (NNS) -- Officers from USS Curts (FFG 38) and the Pakistani Navy participated in a personnel exchange as part of Exercise Inspired Union that occurred in the North Arabian Sea May 11-21.

This exchange allowed junior officers to experience life first hand and discover the cultural and professional differences on board various Pakistani and U.S. ships.

"I wasn't sure what to expect during my stay on the Pakistani ship before I went," said Ensign Patrick Moore, who spent five days aboard PNS Badr (D 184). "It was very interesting to see the Pakistani Navy at work and I enjoyed it very much. It's always easier to work together when you've spent some time getting to know your counterparts in other navies."

The U.S. and Pakistani bilateral exercise included training scenarios ranging from visit, board, search and seizure, to anti-submarine warfare and air defense and strengthened the ability of U.S. personnel to work more coherently with Pakistani forces.

"Inspired Union helped Curts' Sailors to understand the culture of this country," said Cmdr. Yvette Davids, Curts commanding officer. "When we understand our coalition partners better, we're that much better at integrating forces and completing operations. We've definitely formed relationships with the Pakistani navy and developed a cohesive working relationship."

Curts made two port visits to Pakistan as part of the exercise and was the first U.S. ship to visit Karachi since September 2006.

"Being in the country of Pakistan as well as being able to interact with their navy first hand was a great experience for everyone involved," said Storekeeper 2nd Class Jason Matteson.

Pakistani forces including PNS Badr (D 184), PNS Shahjahan (D 186), PNS Nasr (A-47) and Pakistan Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal participated in the bilateral exercise along with Sailors from Curts, USS Ross (DDG 71) and members of Destroyer Squadron 50 and Combined Task Forces 54, 55 and 57.

Curts, homeported in San Diego, is part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, and is on deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to conduct Maritime Security Operations, which are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States' commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity.

These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attach or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

Story Number: NNS080602-12 Release Date: 6/2/2008 3:01:00 PM

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