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U.S.-led Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Shark Hunt 21 Kicks off in the Northern Atlantic with NATO Allies and partners

23 July 2021

From Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila Peters, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN - Commander, Task Force 69 (CTF-69) kicked off Exercise Shark Hunt 2021, a multi-national anti-submarine warfare exercise being held in the Northern Atlantic, July 23.

Led by the U.S. Sixth Fleet undersea warfare commander, this year’s iteration features three Allied submarines, four surface ships, including the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), and seven aircraft from four countries. Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate this year.

“This exercise demonstrates the complexity and lethality of our Allied anti-submarine warfare team,” said Capt. John Craddock, commodore, CTF 69. “The multi-domain, multi-national coordination amplifies our ability to promote trans-Atlantic maritime security, provide deterrence, and if required ensure sea denial.”     

Shark Hunt develops complex and challenging warfare capabilities to enhance the participants’ interoperability and proficiency in air, surface, and subsurface anti-submarine warfare skills.

These operations provide real-world opportunities to advance modern submarine warfare and promote an unparalleled understanding of the undersea environment.  Training with other submarines tests the limits and ingenuity of our crews to perform at the highest level.

U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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