The US Navy and the German Navy have completed a bilateral maritime interoperability exercise to strengthen security and stability in the Baltic Sea.

The exercise saw the participation of the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the German Navy’s Sachsen-class air-defence frigate FGS Sachsen (F219).

During the exercise, US Navy destroyers DDG 98 and DDG 75 practiced coordination and communication with the German frigate.

The training also included a series of flight operations and navigation drills.

The ships were involved in tactical exercises that allowed them to exchange signals in proximity.

USS Donald Cook commanding officer commander Matthew Curnen said: “Exercises with our Nato partners are a key component in demonstrating the Alliance’s resolve and commitment to overall readiness.

“Having the agility and determination to efficiently operate with allied naval forces at any time in international waters ensures that we can execute any tasking when called upon.”

Germany’s Sachsen is equipped with long-range and multi-function radar to detect stealth missiles and aircraft.

The frigate F219 is also capable of misleading enemy’s radar and acoustic sensors.

USS Forrest Sherman commanding officer commander Greg Page said: “My team was excited to put our navigation and seamanship skills to the test while operating with FGS Sachsen.

“The bridge and combat teams worked in sync to provide seamless integration between the units. Operating together in the Baltic Sea was a great opportunity to continuing building the maritime strength of the Nato alliance.”

According to the US Navy, their US Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) ships regularly operate in the Baltic Sea region, providing reassurance to the Nato allies and partners.

Deployed to the European theatre, DDG 98 and DDG 75 take part in various maritime operations in support of NATO allies and US Sixth Fleet.