Share Responsibility, Share Peace
If you have ever toured a U.S. Navy warship then you’ve been lucky enough to get an idea of the versatility, force and power these ships and their Sailors offer the country. They are a sovereign piece of America wherever they go and have the ability to be where it matters, when it matters. It has been said that with great power there must also come great responsibility. (This phrase will also sound familiar to you Spiderman fans out there).
The Navy undoubtedly has great power, but we – fortunately – are not alone in the great responsibility of keeping peace around the world. Through various exercises with countries around the world, our Navy works tirelessly with our allies to make our ties stronger and the world safer. Here are some of the major exercises that Surface Forces, Pacific Fleet ships participate in, along with an explanation of each exercise’s goal.
CARAT: Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) is an annual, nine-country bilateral naval exercise series between the U.S. Navy and Marines and militaries forces from Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste. It’s designed to enhance maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces. Vietnam participates in a CARAT-like exchange event called Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Vietnam. . CARAT 2015 spans from Feb. 1 to Nov. 10.
Talisman Sabre: Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving and maintaining a high-level of Australian and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. Talisman Sabre is a U.S. and Australian-led Combined Task Force operation preparing our militaries for crisis action planning and execution of contingency operations. This year’s exercise included participation by more than 33,000 U.S. and Australian personnel, along with 21 ships, three submarines, and more than 200 aircraft; other U.S. agencies that participated included the U.S. State Department, Justice Department, USDA, FBI, USAID and the American Red Cross. Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 lasted from July 4 until July 19.
Multi-Sail: Exercise Multi-Sail is an annual DESRON 15 led exercise that features U.S. assets and personnel, as well as ships and personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. It’s designed to assess combat systems, improve teamwork and increase warfighting capabilities in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility, an area which encompasses more than 48 million square miles. Multi-Sail 2015 took place from March 22 to June 1.
Foal Eagle: Exercise Foal Eagle is a series of separate but inter-related joint and combined field training exercises conducted by Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea components spanning ground, air, naval, expeditionary, and special operations. The exercises includes both U.S. and Republic Of Korea forces. Exercise Foal Eagle 2015 began March 4 and lasted until March 15.
In addition to combat interoperability focused training, these exercises also often include events to practice interoperability and skills training in preparation for future humanitarian aid/disaster relief (HA-DR) responses in the region. Pacific Partnership is an annual, dedicated humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to strengthen regional relationships and increase interoperability between the U.S., partner nations, and international humanitarian and relief organizations thus ensuring the international community is better prepared to work together as a coordinated HA-DR team. Pacific Partnership 2015 began in early June and will last about four months.
For more information check out this Surface Forces, Pacific Fleet training and initiatives page.
PACIFIC OCEAN, (June 18, 2006) USS Cowpens (CG 63) (foreground) is followed by USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) during a photo exercise to kick off Exercise Valiant Shield 2006. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is currently participating in Valiant Shield 2006, the largest joint exercise in recent exercise Valiant Shield. Held in the Guam operating area June 19-23, the exercise involves 28 Naval vessels including three carrier strike groups. Nearly 300 aircraft and approximately 22,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are also participating in the exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Nicholas A. Galladora/Released)