UNITED KINGDOM (NNS) -- As the multinational Joint Warrior exercise continues in the North Atlantic, May 11-21, USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in a series of drills and scenarios that will better prepare the ship for upcoming deployments.
Porter conducted a number of surface exercises (SURFEX), combined anti-submarine exercises (CASEX), and air defense exercises (ADEX). The SURFEX scenario placed the participants into two separate surface action groups (SAG) with the goal of detecting one another while remaining evasive. Deceptive lighting and maneuvering, as well as restricted electronic emissions, played a key role in remaining undetected for both SAGs during the exercise.
"The drill went very well," said Chief Warrant Officer James Marshall, Porter Combat Information Center officer. "We had some initial successes, and counter-detected some of the units right off the bat. We continued to track them, close in and conduct some very successful attacks."
Porter is one of four U.S. ships training with allied forces during the Joint Warrior exercise.
Marshall also said that although both U.S. and European navies operate efficiently of themselves, these exercises are necessary to unite U.S. with allied forces.
"We're all part of a bigger organization; NATO. The test is to bring all the countries together in coalition to operate with the same procedures and operate toward the same goal," he said.
Porter's interaction with other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members has given the destroyer valuable experience and training for potential real-world obstacles downrange, according to Capt. John Kersh, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 24.
"We have generic scenarios that are not nation-specific, but they're all based on what we've seen in the past," said Kersh. "What's really great is that we have ships here that have just executed these same missions not even a month ago near Somalia. All of their experiences are relevant. We'll draw upon their expertise."
Porter is scheduled to embark on a six-month deployment this summer for the African coast. One focus of the deployment is the possible presence of international piracy, a current concern among NATO forces.
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