PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The two-day Navy and Air Force anti-surface warfare exercise Resultant Fury 05-01 concluded in the Central Pacific Nov. 23 with the targeting and destruction of a decommissioned Navy ship.
Personnel from both services worked together to destroy multiple mobile seaborne targets and attack ex-USS Schenectady, a decommissioned tank landing ship, in a unique training opportunity to sharpen at-sea warfighting skills while using the latest in modern weaponry.
Prior to the exercise, ex-USS Schenectady was stripped of equipment and material and cleaned to remove hazardous materials in preparation for being sunk.
"The Navy takes great care in preparing ships such as the ex-Schenectady for targeting and sinking, removing environmental contaminants and conducting the operations greater than 50 nautical miles from shore and in at least 6,000 feet of water in accordance with EPA guidelines," said Cmdr. Dean Leech, fleet environmental counsel. "Through these remediation efforts as well as range procedures that prohibit the exercise to occur if marine mammals are near the vessel, we ensure protection of the environment while accomplishing necessary testing and training."
"It is essential that our forces train the way we fight," said Capt. Matt Brown, Pacific Fleet public affairs officer. "The great benefit of this exercise is that the Navy and the Air Force were able to practice joint operational procedures using state-of-the-art joint weapon systems, like Joint Stand Off Weapons and Joint Direct Attack Munitions in the middle of the Pacific Ocean."
The exercise also served to integrate aircraft operations with other Pacific Command and Air National Guard Forces, allowing joint forces to continue to demonstrate the ability to respond quickly to a crisis and project air power anywhere in the Pacific region.
While the Navy routinely exercises anti-surface ship operations, Air Force B-52s have historically shared this mission area as well, and Resultant Fury proved the perfect opportunity to train Navy and Air Force flight crews together in the execution of a joint mission.
By working together to gain proficiency in this important war-fighting skill set, the two services were able to establish command and control procedures and evaluate weapons effectiveness using two Air Force B-52s, two Air Force E-8s, one Air Force E-3, two Navy F/A-18E/Fs and one Navy P-3.
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