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USS McCampbell Serves as Flag Ship for SHAREM Exercise

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071212-07
Release Date: 12/12/2007 12:07:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder, Fleet Public Affairs Center Det. Japan

USS MCCAMPBELL, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) successfully completed the Ship Anti-submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 155 exercise, a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), which took place Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.

McCampbell served as the command ship and was joined by guided missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), fast attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 752), two JMSDF surface ships, and U.S. and Japanese aircraft during the exercise.

Together, they participated in a series of events focused on antisubmarine warfare (ASW) procedures and tactics designed to measure how effectively surface ships and aircraft can detect and track submarines. Using active sonar, passing sonar, towed arrays, and sonobuoys, Sailors were given the opportunity to have actual contact time with submarines.

Sonar Technician 3rd Class Kenny Dodson, hull sensor functionality system operator aboard McCampbell, said he enjoyed the chance to use his skills during the exercise.

"With SHAREM being an antisubmarine warfare exercise, we're testing various strategies and situations we may run into in a real-world situation," Dodson said. "These are situations we can prepare for - such as evasive maneuvers, tracking maneuvers, and things of that nature. If a submarine is coming after us or we're tracking a submarine, we need to know what to do."

Dodson explained the range of scenarios faced during the exercise was designed to test the full spectrum of sonar technician training.

"The submarine is doing its own maneuvers, and our job is not necessarily to prosecute them, but just to find them, and learn the best way to find them," Dodson said.

"We do this through different setups and different wavelengths that we send out. The submariners' job is to deceive us and [do] their best to avoid us while we're tracking them. There are also scenarios where we know where they are, but we just want to know the best way to track them," he said.

Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 Commander, Capt. Mark Montgomery, who was embarked on board McCampbell for SHAREM said the exercise fit well into the U.S. Navy and JMSDF bilateral operations.

"This provides yet another opportunity to operate as partners and develop procedures for sustained operations and an opportunity to share our latest procedures and learn their latest procedures," Montgomery said.

Montgomery emphasized the squadron's access to resources played a key part in the successful completion of the exercise.

"DESRON 15 is fortunate to have ships and water space to conduct half the Navy's SHAREM's," he said. "It helps our ships maintain the latest cutting-edge in systems, tactics and procedures. It's useful for DESRON 15 staff in exercising command and control of antisubmarine warfare assets."

McCampbell, one of seven destroyers assigned to DESRON 15, is permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

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