George Washington Carrier Strike Group Trilateral Exercise

ABOARD USS BLUE RIDGE, At sea (NNS) — The U.S. Navy’s only for­ward deployed air­craft car­ri­er strike group is con­duct­ing a tri­lat­er­al event in the East Chi­na Sea June 21–22.

The Arleigh Burke-class guid­ed-mis­sile destroy­er USS McCamp­bell (DDG 85), left, the Japan Mar­itime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) heli­copter destroy­er JS Kura­ma (DDH 144) and the Repub­lic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Mun­mu the Great (DDH 976) are in for­ma­tion in the East Chi­na Sea. The U.S. Navy, Japan Mar­itime Self Defense Force and Repub­lic of Korea navy ships are par­tic­i­pat­ing in a tri­lat­er­al exer­cise to improve inter­op­er­abil­i­ty, readi­ness and the capa­bil­i­ty to respond quick­ly to var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions in the region, rang­ing from dis­as­ter relief to mar­itime secu­ri­ty activ­i­ties. (U.S. Navy pho­to by Lt. Cmdr. Den­ver Applehans/Released)
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The George Wash­ing­ton (CVN 73) car­ri­er strike group (GWCSG) is con­duct­ing a tri­lat­er­al exer­cise with ships and air­craft from the Japan Mar­itime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Repub­lic of Korea (ROK) Navy.

The exer­cise is tak­ing place beyond the ter­ri­to­r­i­al seas of any coastal nation and is intend­ed to rein­force region­al secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty and increase inter­op­er­abil­i­ty, oper­a­tional pro­fi­cien­cy and readi­ness. The exer­cise will include inte­grat­ed heli­copters oper­a­tions, vis­it, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exchanges and demon­stra­tions, com­mu­ni­ca­tion links inter­op­er­abil­i­ty, dynam­ic ship maneu­vers and liai­son offi­cer exchanges.

U.S. Navy ships sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate include the air­craft car­ri­er USS George Wash­ing­ton (CVN 73), with embarked Car­ri­er Air Wing 5 and Destroy­er Squadron 15; the guid­ed-mis­sile cruis­ers USS Cow­pens (CG 63) and USS Shiloh (CG 67); the guid­ed-mis­sile destroy­ers USS Lassen (DDG 82) and McCamp­bell (DDG 85).

The U.S. Navy is com­mit­ted to help­ing enhance the secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty of the Asia-Pacif­ic region, and for­ward pres­ence activ­i­ties and engage­ments in this region are rou­tine. U.S. mil­i­tary oper­a­tions and events are a part of a larg­er for­ward pres­ence to strength­en our alliances and part­ner­ships, and estab­lished secu­ri­ty coop­er­a­tion activ­i­ties. U.S. for­ward pres­ence is in accor­dance with inter­na­tion­al law and con­tributes to free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion and over­flight and oth­er law­ful uses of the sea, eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment, and inter­na­tion­al com­merce.

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