USCGC Hamilton conducts drills with Turkish frigate in the Black Sea

U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo

The Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) conducted a series of maritime exercises with the Turkish Navy, April 30, 2021, in the Black Sea.

According to a press release of the U.S. Navy, Hamilton conducted a passing exercise and cross-platform helicopter operations with the Turkish Navy’s Yavuz-class TCG Turgutreis (F-241). During flight operations, helicopters from both nations landed on each other’s vessel’s flight decks.

A Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter from Turgutries landed aboard USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753), while a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter landed on Turgutries. These maneuvers and operations enhanced both vessels ability to communicate and conduct precise ship handling.

The U.S. Coast Guard has been a consistent partner with European nations, strengthening and enforcing robust maritime governance. Hamilton is the first U.S. Coast Guard Cutter to visit the Black Sea since 2008. The last U.S. Coast Guard cutter to visit the Black Sea, USCGC Dallas (WHEC 716) sailed to the Black Sea twice, in 2008 and 1995.

U.S. Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield welcomed the exercise. “We are pleased that the U.S. Coast Guard has returned to the Black Sea. Cooperation between U.S. and Turkish forces improves our ability to work together to advance our shared security interests in the region. The United States and Turkey will continue to stand together as NATO Allies,” he said.

Turkish naval members conduct flight procedures in an Agusta bell AB-212 with the U.S. Coast Guard USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) in the Black Sea, (Source: U.S. Coast Guard)

Hamilton is the fourth national security cutter and is the fifth named for the father of the U.S. Coast Guard – Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury and advocate for the creation of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service.

The U.S. Coast Guard remains operational during COVID-19, following all COVID-19 safety precautions and regulations.

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