Chafee conducts trilateral PASSEX with Indian Navy and JMSDF in 7th Fleet
171017-N-TR141-0065 SEA OF JAPAN (Oct. 17, 2017) Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) 3rd Class Cori Odenbreit, left, from Burlington, Wash., Quartermaster 3rd Class Zoy Malamatos, from Staten Island, N.Y., and Ensign Jordan O’Briant, from Calhoun, La., man the helm on the bridge of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90), during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8). Chafee is part of the U.S. 3rd Fleet and U.S. Naval Surface Forces, currently deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility on a routine scheduled deployment. The forces of both fleets complement one another across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis)

SEA OF JAPAN (NNS) – USS Chafee (DDG 90) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Indian navy ships, INS Satpura (F48) and INS Kadmatt (P29) as well as Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Inazuma (DD-105) Nov. 3-6.

PASSEXs like this arise when maritime forces from two or more regional countries are operating in the same area and take advantage of the opportunity to train together. This PASSEX builds on previous maritime training events, including exercise Malabar this past summer.

During this PASSEX, the ships exchanged Navy liaison officers (LNOs) and exercised multiple proficiencies to include: communications drills, leap frog maneuvering drills, division tactics (DIVTACS), military security operation (MSO) training and a replenishment-at-sea (RAS).

Chafee is on a Western Pacific deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations and currently assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

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