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Kauffman, Farragut and Chileans Partner for Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercises

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080609-25
Release Date: 6/9/2008 2:23:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class J.T. Bolestridge, Commander Destroyer Squadron 40 Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) and guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) completed Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercises with the Chilean Navy, June 3-6, off the coast of northern Chile.

The ASW exercises teamed both Kauffman and Farragut with Chilean surface units to locate the participating Chilean submarines. Kauffman's operations officer, Lt. James Wright, said teamwork was essential for success.

"Our entire role was to basically locate and track the submarine," said Wright. "ASW was broken down into several different scenarios throughout each day and we worked together as a team to try and locate the Chilean submarine."

Successfully finding a nearly silent submarine in the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean requires a variety of methods and a vigilant crew.

"We look for them visually and we use sound in the water to detect where they are," said Wright. "Equipment on a submarine operates at certain noise levels and we try to pick up those noises as they're generated through the water. We use a combination of passive and active sonar. With passive sonar we're listening for the noise in the water generated by the submarine and with active sonar we put an audio pulse out into the water and listen for it to return."

The Chilean submarines that Kauffman and Farragut were charged with locating utilize some of the newest technology available. Lt. Dave Ryan, Kauffman's chief engineer, said the exercises provided a very realistic look at what Kauffman might be up against in a real world situation.

"The Chilean submarine is a Scorpion class sub, it's very new technology and it provides a very realistic look at a type of threat we could face in the future," said Ryan.

Kauffman's commanding officer, Cmdr. Robert Cepek, stressed that exercises conducted with partner nations are vital to the maritime security and stability of our hemisphere.

"These training scenarios address aspects of multinational operations that are vital for us to successfully complete our mission in a joint environment," said Cepek. "Working and communicating with our partner nations builds the relationships needed in the event of a crisis requiring a multinational effort."

Wright said the professionalism and deep-water expertise of the Chilean Navy was a great asset during the multi-national exercise.

"The Chileans are very professional and very good at what they do," said Wright. "Their navy is a lot smaller than ours and that brings them a lot closer with each other. They're very specialized and very proficient at what they do."

Kauffman, with embarked LAMPS SH-60B from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 detachment 7 and Farragut, as well as USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) with embarked LAMPS SH-60B helicopter from HSL 44 detachment 10, are assigned to Destroyer Squadron 40 to support Partnership of Americas 2008 (POA 08) operations which are being held from April to October throughout South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. POA 08 emphasizes interoperability and cooperation between U.S. and partner nation's maritime forces through a variety of exercises and events.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns.

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