US, UK and Dutch naval forces conduct joint exercise in Gulf of Aden


The combined bilateral surface, air and submarine exercise was designed to enhance British, Dutch and US maritime interoperability and demonstrate naval integration through a series of training scenarios. AMERICAN NAVY

GULF OF ADEN – Carrier Groups (CSG) Queen Elizabeth (United Kingdom) and Ronald Reagan, along with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG), conducted a large-scale joint interoperability exercise in the Gulf of ‘Aden on July 12, Task Force 50 Public Affairs said in a statement.

The combined bilateral surface, air and submarine exercise was designed to enhance British, Dutch and US maritime interoperability and demonstrate naval integration through a series of training scenarios.

“Our team was proud to operate alongside the British Carrier Strike Group during this unique opportunity to hone all of our mutual capabilities,” said Rear Admiral Will Pennington, Commander of the Ronald Reagan CSG and Task Force 50. “By operating together at sea, we deepen our coalition partnerships and extend our global reach across the region’s critical waterways.

Participating forces focused on the full spectrum of maritime warfare operations, practicing anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare tactics and procedures.

The crews practiced their abilities to perform precision maneuvers, hunt simulated enemy submarines, provide multidimensional defense against simulated air and surface threats, and conduct long-range sea strikes against simulated enemy forces.

“The aircraft carrier is the ultimate expression of global maritime power,” said Commodore Steve Moorhouse, commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group. “Queen Elizabeth, Ronald Reagan and Iwo Jima symbolize the power of the partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom, and the ease with which our naval and air forces can combine here in the Gulf of Aden, or no. anywhere else in the world. ”

It is also the second time this year that the Iwo Jima ARG has operated alongside the British Carrier Strike Group, following an exercise off the Scottish coast in May.

“The Iwo Jima ARG remains in a high state of readiness to support our partners and allies as an effective amphibious force,” said Captain Darren Nelson, Commodore of the Fourth Amphibious Squadron. “Operating with the Ronald Reagan and British aircraft carrier strike groups enables us to better address common threats to regional security. ”

Participating units included the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08) with embarked F-35B Lightning II joint fighters from Royal Air Force 617 Squadron and US Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211; aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Destroyer Squadron 15; amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, anti-submarine frigate HMS Richmond (F 239); Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F 805); the guided-missile destroyers USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and USS Halsey (DDG 97); and the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).

The Ronald Reagan CSG and Iwo Jima ARG are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of ​​operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the central region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific across the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.


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