USS HALSEY, At Sea (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) completed an integrated anti-submarine warfare exercise with Strike Group 9 ships May 16 during the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group training group sail.
The three-day exercise conducted with Halsey, USS Sterett (DDG 104), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Momson (DDG 92), and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) allowed the ships to practice complex communications, integrated tactics between ships and aircraft, and strategic employment of assets to guard a high value asset.
"We are going from finding and localizing submarines on a unit level to doing so on a battle group level," said Halsey's Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Ensign Jamie J. Boudreaux, of Houma, La.
"We really enjoyed the exercise," said Boudreaux, "this was a great opportunity to practice on a larger level and bring realism to our daily operations."
The ships had the opportunity to track mobile training targets and real submarines in the area using their own sensors as well as sensors from helicopters and shore-based, fixed-wing aircraft.
"The exercise allowed us to get into a tactical mindset to train for real-world scenarios we may encounter while patrolling during our upcoming deployment," said Sonar Technician 2nd Class Laura M. Eaton of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Halsey's Executive Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Michael L. Weeldreyer said the team of ships performed above and beyond his expectations.
"Our team exemplified a level of technical and operational competency that will inevitably contribute to the strike group's mission accomplishment during deployment," said Weeldreyer. "We are not the same ship we were when we departed San Diego three weeks ago, our team of warriors has matured into a confident, professional, and tactically focused group of men and women that I will proudly take anywhere this country calls us to go."
Halsey is homeported in San Diego, and is scheduled to operate with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group later this year.
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