USS Charleston hosts German Defense Minister

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) transits the Pacific Ocean in support of the Oceanica Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) program.
Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) transits the Pacific Ocean in support of the Oceanica Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) program. (US Navy Photo)

The crew of Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) hosted Germany’s Defense Minister, who toured the ship while moored at Naval Base Guam, May 28.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer spent the afternoon meeting with Charleston’s crew, discussing the shared U.S.-German interest of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Left, Tours The Independence-Variant Littoral Combat Ship Uss Charleston (Lcs 18) With Cmdr. Joseph Burgon, From Cottonwood, Calif. Charleston, Part Of Destroyer Sqaudron Seven, Is On A Rotational Deployment Operating In The U.s. 7Th Fleet Area Of Operations To Enhance Interoperability With Partners And Serve As A Ready-Response Force In Support Of A Free And Open Indo-Pacific Region. (U.s. Navy Photo)

Joined by Rear Adm. John Menoni, commander, Joint Region Marianas, Charleston’s commanding officer explained the ship’s mission and role during their current rotational deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet.

“USS Charleston was honored to host Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer. This visit was a great opportunity to strengthen our bilateral relationship,” said Cmdr. Joseph Burgon, commanding officer, Charleston Gold Crew. “My crew looks forward to the time we meet our German friends at sea, with the common goal of ensuring freedom of the seas.”

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Lt J.g. Amber Mendez, Left, From Carlsbad, Calif., Gives German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer A Tour Of The Pilot House Aboard Independence-Variant Littoral Combat Ship Uss Charleston (Lcs 18).(Us Navy Photo)

While touring the ship, the crew signified German-designed engineering equipment integrated into the LCS. The main propulsion diesel engines, ship’s service diesel generator, and other engineer equipment are based on designs by German company MTU Aero Engines.

“It’s a unique opportunity to discuss commonalities between LCS and our bilateral partners, both in ship design and in mission,” said Capt. Tom Ogden, commander, Destroyer Squadron Seven (DESRON 7). “Visits like this with Germany’s Minister of Defense help grow our partnership and cooperation, and emphasize shared responsibility of promoting maritime peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.”

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German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Speaks With Sailors Aboard Independence-Variant Littoral Combat Ship Uss Charleston (Lcs 18).&Nbsp;(Us Navy Photo)

USS Charleston’s rotational deployment

Charleston’s rotational deployment marks the seventh littoral combat ship presence in the Indo-Pacific, which include USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Montgomery (LCS 8), USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), and USS Tulsa (LCS 16).

Attached to DESRON 7, Charleston is on a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the region, and to work alongside allied and partner navies to provide maritime security and stability, key pillars of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Departs The Independence-Variant Littoral Combat Ship Uss Charleston (Lcs 18) Following A Tour.&Nbsp;(Us Navy Photo)

As the U.S. Navy’s destroyer squadron forward-deployed in Southeast Asia, DESRON 7 serves as the primary tactical and operational commander of littoral combat ships rotationally deployed to Singapore, ESG7s Sea Combat Commander, and builds partnerships through training exercises and military-to-military engagements.

7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet and employs 50 to 70 ships and submarines across the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. 7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Departs Independence-Variant Littoral Combat Ship Uss Charleston (Lcs 18). (Us Navy Photo)

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