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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 589-96
October 16, 1996

DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN EURONAVAL 96

The Department of Defense will participate in the 1996 Euronaval International Maritime Defense Equipment Exhibition from Oct. 21-25, 1996, in Paris, France.

The Department will provide technology booths and briefers highlighting U.S. contributions in the area of standardization and interoperability with U.S. allies and friends. Booths will feature technology consistent with potential future contingencies requiring coalition forces.

Euronaval is conducted biennially in Paris and is one of the largest international exhibitions of naval defense systems in the world. This will be the Department's first appearance. Although a small-scale effort, the displays advance U.S. efforts in maritime equipment and training. Ultimately, our involvement expands U.S. engagement in global strategy and enhances allied military preparedness. Military interoperability among U.S. and European nations has become critical in maintaining an effective deterrent and crisis response capability.