The US Military Sealift Command Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS Trenton (T-EPF 5) and Tunisian Navy partners conducted joint maritime operations between 18 and 21 January this year.
The series of naval exercises with the Tunisian Navy focused on developing both nations’ ability to conduct maritime security operations in the Mediterranean, further enhancing cooperation between US and Tunisian forces in support of shared security goals, the US military said.
“It is important to work alongside our partners in the Mediterranean to improve our interoperability and teamwork,” said Captain Frank Okata, Commodore Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa and Commander, Task Force 63. “Conducting training exercises together with countries like Tunisia contributes to a more secure and stable region.”
“Demonstrating a shared commitment to enhance critical lifesaving capabilities in a COVID-19 degraded environment, all missions were conducted with respect for protocols protecting both US and Tunisian forces against the spread of the virus,” the US military said.
In November, USS Hershel “Woody” Williams conducted joint maritime operations with the Tunisian Navy, while US Special Forces conducted simulations to bolster counterterrorism capabilities, perform critical lifesaving tasks, and improve cooperation between US and Tunisian forces.
Military Sealift Command operates approximately 125 naval auxiliary civilian-crewed ships, replenishes US Navy ships, strategically prepositions combat cargo at sea, and moves military cargo and supplies used by deployed US forces and coalition partners around the world.