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US Navy Ships Complete Exercise Joint Warrior

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150424-16
Release Date: 4/24/2015 3:23:00 PM

By Lt. j.g. Seth Clarke, Destroyer Squadron 26 Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Five U.S. Navy ships and participants from several other U.S. Navy supporting commands concluded their participation in the latest in a series of successful Joint Warrior exercises in Faslane, Scotland, April 23.

The U.S. Navy ships participating in Joint Warrior 15-1 were the guided-missile cruisers USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Vicksburg (CG 69); the guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75); and the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13). Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 also participated in the exercise.

Exercise Joint Warrior is a semi-annual training exercise conducted in the coastal waters off the United Kingdom. The training, led by the United Kingdom, is designed to provide NATO and allied forces a multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. Participating countries aim to improve interoperability and prepare forces for future combined exercises.

More than 50 ships, several aircraft, and various other support personnel from 15 countries participated in Joint Warrior 15-1, making it one of the biggest in the history of the multinational exercise.

The United Kingdom's advanced naval certification course, Joint Warrior is comprised of numerous scheduled training scenarios, including small boat attacks, boarding operations, air defense, antisubmarine warfare and ship maneuverability tasks.

The exercise included air, sea and ground assets from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 led the U.S. contingent for the third straight iteration of the exercise. This fall, when the next Joint Warrior kicks off, the DESRON staff will be busy working with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 in preparation for the strike group's next scheduled deployment.

Capt. Brian Fort, commander, DESRON 26, said he will miss working with his close friends in the Royal Navy and other allied forces.

'Participating in the last three Joint Warrior exercises-from being a warfare commander aboard HMS Illustrious (R06) to serving as the task group commander to finally serving in a task force exercise control role-it's been an amazing run for DESRON 26,' Fort said. 'It's somewhat bittersweet for me, though, knowing this will be my last time in Faslane for the near term. I'll miss the training and the camaraderie, but I'm definitely looking forward to leading the squadron into action with the Ike strike group. I can't imagine a better way to be prepared for that than the multinational exercise we just completed.'

Joint Warrior 15-2 is scheduled to take place this upcoming autumn and last approximately two weeks.

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