U.S. Navy, Air Force conduct integrated training off Japan
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Codie Soule
| Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs | Aug. 7, 2020
Aircraft fly in formation over the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Ta)
The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), front, the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Stuart (FFH 153), the support ship HMAS Sirius (O 266), the Republic of Singapore Navy Formidable-class RSS Supreme (73) and the Royal Brunei Navy Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel KDB Darulehsan (OPV-07) sail in formation as they transit the Pacific Ocean. Rafael Peralta is underway conducting operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy's largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet's principal surface force. (Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Isaacs)
U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Eric Alexander, from Houston, directs a Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the Anzac-Class Frigate HMAS Stuart (FFH 153), off the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115). Rafael Peralta is underway conducting operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy's largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet's principal surface force. (Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Isaacs)
PACIFIC OCEAN -- The U.S. Navy and Air Force are conducting joint integrated training off the coast of Northern Japan. Units and personnel assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, Navy Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, and the Air Force 35th Fighter Wing began coordinated operations August 1.
Integrated training includes air-to-air operations, combat search and rescue drills, and air defense exercises to increase joint force capability to respond to regional contingencies and maintain warfighting readiness in the Indo-Pacific.
“Our ability to integrate our Air Force brothers and sisters in the air anywhere in the Indo-Pacific theater is unmatched,” said Capt. Michael Rovenolt, commander, Carrier Air Wing 5. “Our integration provides enhanced capabilities and readiness in support of our enduring commitments to our allies and partners.”
The U.S. Navy regularly conducts exercises with other U.S. military branches in the Indo-Pacific to build and maintain warfighting readiness that is responsive, flexible, and honors enduring commitments to mutual defense agreements with regional allies and partners.
“Improving interoperability with our Navy counterparts and increasing our collective capabilities better prepares the joint team to meet our commitments in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Col. Jesse Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander. “We are dedicated to building a networked security architecture capable of deterring aggression, maintaining stability and ensuring free access to waterways.”
“Integrating our mission sets, especially between VAQ-131 and the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadrons here, has been especially rewarding to witness, as both squadrons focus on the suppression of enemy air defenses. Flying together provides the most accurate training sight picture for our aircrews, ensuring we can meet the needs of this region if and when called upon.”
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is underway with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile destroyer USS Antietam (CG 54) and squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 embarked aboard Ronald Reagan.
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.