PACIFIC OCEAN (April 18, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) sails alongside the Republic of Korea Ulsan-class frigate ROKS Seoul (FF 952), while completing shipboard maneuvering during a passing exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewmen 1st Class Michael Adomeit)

PACIFIC OCEAN - The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) conducted a passing exercise with the Republic of Korea Ulsan-class frigate ROKS Seoul (FF 952) April 18.

This was the first time McCampbell operated with the Republic of Korea Navy, since the exercise Invincible Spirit July 2010.

During the exercise, the two ships completed shipboard maneuvering drills, and practiced transmitting and receiving flashing light and flag hoist messages.

The exercise was a great learning experience and training opportunity for both crews. It also helped to reaffirm the important relationship between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies. Opportunities such as this help build upon the strong alliance that exists between the two navies

USS McCampbell is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is forward-deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Japan.