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Navy traditions: Lithuanian and U.S. warships rendered passing honours to each other

Navy traditions: Lithuanian and U.S. warships rendered passing honours to each other

During the weekend Lithuanian Navy LNS Kuršis (M54) MCM ship met with USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) of the U.S. Navy while patrolling the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Lithuania. The Lithuanian side proposed rendering passing honours while sailing past each other on the port side.


The tradition that is not practised on a daily basis was observed roughly 65 nautical miles offshore as a way of the passing by ships to greet, pay respect and wish luck to each other.


Commanding Officer of the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) guided missile destroyer later sent a cordial thank-you in a message for the initiative and the passing honours conducted in a secure manner. The U.S. ship was completing assigned tasks in the Baltic Sea.


USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is a missile warship designated to destroy targets within thousands of kilometres radius. As long as 154 meters, the ship can take down hostile surface, submerged ships, aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles.


Information credits: Lithuanian Navy
Photo credits: Lieutenant Junior Grade Haroldas Uznys