U.S Navy Ships Arrive in Scotland for Joint Warrior

Story Number: NNS081001-13Release Date: 10/1/2008 4:36:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph R. Wax, Commander Destroyer Squadron 24 Public Affairs

FASLANE, Scotland (NNS) -- A group of U.S. Navy ships led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) 24 arrived in Faslane, Scotland Oct. 1 to participate in the Joint Warrior Course, a multinational exercise held in the waters off the Scottish coast.

USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Hawes (FFG 53), USS Doyle (FFG 39), USS Klakring (FFG 42), and USNS Leroy Grumman(T-AO 195) will take part in the coalition course, which is run by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) in the United Kingdom.

"The purpose of the exercise is to improve interoperability with our allies," said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Violette, COMDESRON 24 operations officer.
"During this scenario-driven event, we will bring all the capabilities of the coalition together to accomplish the mission."

Capt. John Kersh, commander, COMDESRON 24, and his staff will embark aboard HMS Ark Royal for the exercise to fully integrate into a joint maritime operating environment.

"Together, we are advancing the art and state of training in the maritime domain," said Kersh. "We are teaming with our allied partners to execute the Navy's Maritime Strategy."

According to Violette, one of the main benefits of Joint Warrior is that it provides U.S. ships a unique opportunity to operate under NATO rules of engagement (ROE) while conducting realistic training. Joint Warrior also serves as a certifying event for ships preparing to operate with coalition partners during future deployments.

"Our ships are also getting their independent deployer certification out of this event," said Violette. "This will allow our ships to be versatile coalition assets."

The two-week Joint Warrior exercise is scheduled to begin Oct. 6 off the coast of Scotland, where the participating navies will practice joint maritime operations in a controlled environment.

For more news from USS Carl Vinson, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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