USA/Pakistan

U.S., Pak­istan Forces Com­plete ‘Inspired Union 2008’

Amer­i­can Forces Press Ser­vice

ABOARD THE USS ROSS AT SEA, May 22, 2008 — Pak­istani and U.S. naval forces com­plet­ed Exer­cise Inspired Union 2008 in the North Ara­bi­an Sea yes­ter­day.

The exer­cise focused on air, sur­face and anti-sub­ma­rine train­ing as part of region­al mar­itime secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions, offi­cials said.

Pak­istani forces includ­ing PNS Badr, PNS Shah­ja­han, PNS Nasr and Pak­istani air force explo­sive ord­nance dis­pos­al per­son­nel par­tic­i­pat­ed in the bilat­er­al exer­cise along with sailors from USS Curts and USS Ross. Oth­er U.S. forces par­tic­i­pat­ing includ­ed Destroy­er Squadron 50 and com­bined task forces 54, 55 and 57.

“This exer­cise allowed the U.S. and the Pak­istani navy to demon­strate and improve our inter­op­er­abil­i­ty in a vari­ety of war­fare areas,” explained Navy Capt. Paul Sev­ers, com­man­der of Destroy­er Squadron 50. “Inspired Union focused on sur­face war­fare; air defense; [and] vis­it, board, search and seizure oper­a­tions, and end­ed with a final event using all war­fare areas.”

Pak­istan is an inte­gral mem­ber of the coali­tion and has com­mand­ed Com­bined Task Force 150 twice, most recent­ly from Novem­ber through Feb­ru­ary. Coali­tion forces reg­u­lar­ly oper­ate through­out inter­na­tion­al waters in the North Ara­bi­an Sea to con­duct mar­itime secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions, U.S. offi­cials said.

“It was a very suc­cess­ful exer­cise,” Sev­er said. “From the plan­ning con­fer­ences to the pre-sail sem­i­nars and the at-sea events, the exer­cise was well coor­di­nat­ed. Inspired Union also allowed sailors from both navies to par­tic­i­pate in pro­fes­sion­al exchanges to under­stand how dif­fer­ent coali­tion ships oper­ate at sea.”

He said bilat­er­al coop­er­a­tion was key to the exercise’s suc­cess.

The exer­cise also pro­vid­ed an oppor­tu­ni­ty for Curts to vis­it Karachi, Pak­istan, dur­ing a three-day port vis­it. The vis­it offered the crew an oppor­tu­ni­ty to plan for Inspired Union, con­duct cul­tur­al exchanges, and engage in sport­ing events with their Pak­istani coun­ter­parts.

“This is the first vis­it by a U.S. ship to Karachi since Sep­tem­ber 2006 and we are grate­ful for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it Pak­istan,” Navy Cmdr. Yvette Davids, Curts’ com­mand­ing offi­cer, said. “Vis­its by U.S. Navy ships sym­bol­ize the con­tin­ued friend­ship and part­ner­ships between coun­tries and mil­i­tary ser­vices; it allows us to increase our coop­er­a­tive engage­ment and exem­pli­fies our com­mit­ment to build­ing trust and con­fi­dence among friends world­wide.”

Mar­itime secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions com­ple­ment the coun­tert­er­ror­ism and secu­ri­ty efforts of region­al nations and seek to dis­rupt vio­lent extrem­ists’ use of the mar­itime envi­ron­ment as a venue for attack or to trans­port per­son­nel, weapons or oth­er mate­r­i­al, exer­cise offi­cials said.

(From a U.S. Naval Forces Cen­tral Command/U.S. 5th Fleet news release.)

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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