Thursday, June 24, 2010
USS Typhoon and Lebanese Sailors Share Techniques
June 24, 2010 - MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Sailors aboard costal patrol ship USS Typhoon (PC 5) played host to commissioned officers from the Lebanese navy June 14-18, while conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf.
Lebanese officers were aboard Typhoon to participate in various professional exchanges and hands-on training on shipboard operations.
"Understanding the history behind regional conflicts, respecting religious beliefs, and having a firm understanding behind cultural differences builds a better coalition force for tomorrow's Navy," said Lt. Cmdr. Kelley Jones, Tyhoon's commanding officer.
Typhoon's crew trained the Lebanese officers on shipboard and small boat recovery, familiarization firing exercise, engineering drills and evolutions and shipboard operations.
With the Lebanese officers' proficiency in speaking English, they were able to interact with the Sailors from Typhoon and learned about the way the crew operates on a daily basis to accomplish the mission.
"The Lebanese officers were able to take the new found tactical knowledge and training observed while on board and implement the takeaways to best fit their navy," said Jones.
Typhoon's primary mission is to conduct Maritime Security Operations to establish, maintain and enhance stability and security in the maritime environment and to deny enemy organizations access of the seas.