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APRA HARBOR, Guam – Independence-variant littoral combat ships USS Jackson (LCS 6) and USS Tulsa (LCS 16) sailed with Germany Navy frigate FGS Bayern (F 217) in the Philippine Sea, and Tulsa hosted Bayern crew members for ship tours while moored at Naval Base Guam, Oct. 18 and 21.
At sea, the ships practiced communications, tactical maneuvers, division tactics, and bilateral flight operations with Jackson’s embarked MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron 23 and two German Super Lynx Mk88A helicopter from Bayern.
“It’s always great to host partner nations and allied forces, and we were grateful to welcome the commanding officer and crew of Bayern aboard Tulsa, following our recent bilateral operations,” said Cmdr. Travis Dvorak, Tulsa Gold Crew commanding officer. “After sailing together, we enjoyed sharing sea stories and hearing about their experiences. While there are differences between our ships and crews, there are many more similarities.”
While onboard, Tulsa’s crew highlighted the unique operational capability of the littoral combat ship, and the distinct commitment to building relationships with partners and allies, integrating with joint operational forces, conducting presence operations, and providing maritime security and stability. Crewmembers explained functions of the various spaces throughout the ship to include the flight deck, mission bay, pilot house, galley, engineering rooms and berthing spaces.