The U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez conducted combined operations with the multipurpose Italian frigate ITS Alpino in May.
The training was designed to promote camaraderie and collaboration among NATO partners. "The crew exchange was highly beneficial to both Gonzalez's crew and Alpino's, giving rare insight into each other's daily routine, said Navy Cmdr. Les Sobol, the Gonzalez’s commanding officer.
In addition to the passing exercise, Gonzalez and Alpino conducted visit, board, search and seizure exercises and light communication drills off the coast of Virginia, allowing both crews to gain familiarity and proficiency in tactical maneuvering and communications.