– The visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team from guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) participated in exercise Eager Lion 2013 with VBSS members from the Royal Jordanian Navy, June 19.
Eager Lion was designed to conduct training on maritime law enforcement operations in an effort to promote regional stability and strengthen military-to-military cooperation.
“When we left for deployment, I never thought that our team would get the opportunity to work side by side with another country’s VBSS team,” said Fire Controlman 1st Class Dustin Judy. “This experience was without a doubt the culmination of the two years I have been part of Stockdale’s VBSS team, and the chance to exchange knowledge and experience was invaluable.”
The two teams met on board a Jordanian training vessel constructed to support multi-level room clearings and close-quarter combat exercises. After breaking up the group into six man teams, each team simulated techniques used in real-world boarding operations.
“We have a lot to offer each other, and having a chance today to train with the Jordanian VBSS team was the highlight of this exercise,” said Hull Technician 2nd Class Nick Wargo. “It was really great to be able to apply and pass on the techniques and the knowledge I learned from training with the U.S. Coast Guard to the Jordanian team.”
Both teams walked away from the exercise more competent at VBSS techniques and with more confidence in their abilities to work together in the future.
“It was definitely a two way street and a lot of fun,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Tracy Mendoza. “After we overcame our initial language barrier, we gave and received training, and the integration between the two teams not only built confidence but also reinforced our partnership.”
Stockdale is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and Operation Enduring Freedom.