German, Norwegian frigates will participate in upcoming U.S. Navy exercise

By Lee Hudson / January 31, 2018 at 11:46 AM

A German navy frigate and Norwegian navy frigate will participate in an upcoming training exercise with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group.

The Sachsen-class German frigate Hessen and the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HnoMS Roald Amundsend arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, VA, for the upcoming composite training unit exercise.

COMPTUEX participants include Carrier Strike Group Eight, the Truman (CVN-75), Carrier Air Wing One, the Normandy (CG-60), and seven Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. These ships include the Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), The Sullivans (DDG-68), Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81), Bulkeley (DDG-84), Forrest Sherman (DDG-98), Farragut (DDG-99) and Jason Dunham (DDG-109), according to the service.

Following the exercise, Hessen will remain with the Truman CSG and participate in its upcoming deployment. The last time the Hessen deployed with the Truman was in 2010, according to the Navy.

"The capabilities that Hessen and Roald Amundsen bring to the strike group significantly enhance our capabilities, particularly in the areas of air defense and anti-submarine warfare," according to a statement provided to Inside Defense. "The integration of these ships within COMPTUEX, and Hessen's planned participation in our strike group's upcoming deployment, are a visible demonstration of our partnerships and interoperability with these key allies."