KUALA LUMPUR – Two U.S. carrier strike groups trained with the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) and a Japanese high-deck warship over the weekend as part of a major naval exercise in waters southeast of Okinawa, Japan.
The exercise involved six different navies – the United States Navy, the British Royal Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy – representing a total of 17 surface ships. , which included four aircraft carriers.
The exercise improved the tactical skills and interoperability of the JMSDF with participating Marines, the JMSDF said in a press release Monday. Anti-submarine warfare, air defense warfare, tactical movements and communications training were provided for the exercise, according to the JMSDF.
“In addition to the two US Navy carrier strike groups, I am very honored to be able to train with the most advanced carrier strike group in the Royal Navy, which is an extremely valuable experience,” said said JMSDF Escort Flotilla 2 Commander, Rear Admiral Konno. Yasushige said in the English press release from JMSDF.
“This training, which brings together three CSGs, embodies the strong will of the participating countries to achieve a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, the JMSDF will work in close collaboration with allied and friendly navies, who share the same objectives, to meet global challenges. . and defend the maritime order based on the rule of law.
This was the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group’s fourth exercise with allies and partners since joining the U.S. 7th Fleet, CSG Commander Rear Admiral Dan Martin said in the statement.
“[A]And we have continued to improve our ability to conduct rapid and sustained operations at sea with a more mobile, agile and flexible force, ”said Martin.
British CSG21 Commander Commodore Steve Moorhouse said the British CSG “offers the largest 5th Generation Air Wing afloat today and is working with our close allies to develop operating procedures and capabilities while Simultaneously showcasing the agility of land and air aviation in the Indo-Pacific demonstrates our commitment to the region.
JMSDF ships participating in the exercise included the JS destroyer helicopter carrier Ise (DDH-182), with JS destroyers Kirishima (DDG-174) and JS Yamagiri (DD-152). The Reagan CSG included the aircraft carrier USS Ronald reagan (CVN-76) and the cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67), while the Vinson CSG was equipped with the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), guided-missile cruiser USS Champlain Lake (CG-57) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG-90).
British CSG21 vessels involved included the carrier queen elizabeth (R08), HMS destroyer Defender (D36), HMS frigate Kent (F78), RFA supply ships Fort Victoria (A387) and RFA Tidespring (A136), American destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805). The participants were completed by the MRC frigate HCMS Winnipeg (FFH338) and the frigate RNZN HMNZS Te Kaha (F77).
Two of the three other JMSDF destroyer helicopter carriers are also underway with JS Izumo (DDH-183), which is in the middle of a test after refit. The refit is the first phase of work allowing it to operate F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. US Marines F-35B are currently embarked on Izumo to attend trials, while Izumosister ship JS Kaga (DDH-184) and JS destroyer Murasame (DD101) are in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a stopover until Monday as part of the JMSDF Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021 (IPD21) working group.
The main body of Britain’s CSG 21 is now en route to Singapore for an exercise with the Republic of Singapore Navy, based on a social media post by the commander of CSG21.
– Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group (@smrmoorhouse) October 4, 2021
Meanwhile, other elements of the CSG21 group are operating in the South China Sea. HMS frigate Richmond (F239) conducted a pass exercise (PASSEX) with the Vietnamese navy frigate inh Tiên Hoàng (HQ-011) Monday as he left Vietnam following a layover. The PASSEX is the very first naval activity at sea between the two navies.
Richmond is expected to travel to Singapore to participate in the Five Power Defense Arrangement (FPDA) Bersama Gold 21 exercise, which will take place October 8-18 off the coasts of Malaysia and Singapore. Meanwhile, the destroyer HMS diamond (D34), which was forced to abandon the CSG21 in July following engine problems, is now also in the South China Sea and is conducting a three-day exercise with the Australian Defense Force (ADF) Indo-Pacific Endeavor Deployment 21 (IPE21) working group. The task force includes the Royal Australian Navy LPD HMAS Canberra (L02), HMAS frigate Anzac (FFH150) and supply vessel HMAS Sirius (O266).
Good morning ! DIAMOND starts today a day of 3 @Royal Navy bilateral exercise with our friends and allies of the @Australian_Navy, first testing our remote electronic warfare skills. We look forward to working with you over the next few days. # CSG21 pic.twitter.com/BWOgmElpLM
– HMS Diamond (@hmsdiamond) October 3, 2021
After piercing with diamond, the IPE21 working group is also traveling to Singapore to participate in the Bersama Gold exercise. diamond should then join the main body of CSG21.