USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group and the USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group participated in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-4 off the eastern coast of the United States in July.
More than 30 ships from four nations participated in operations spanning the U.S. East Coast, from Virginia to Florida.
Coalition forces, including the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (R 07), the Brazilian frigate BNS Greenhalgh (F 46), the French submarine FS Amethyste (S 605) as well as French Rafale fighter aircraft with 12th Squadron, French E2C Hawkeyes with 4th Squadron, and British helicopters from the 854 SQN, also participated, amounting to more than 15,000 service members taking part in the joint and combined exercise.
"Our Navy's Maritime Strategy emphasizes the importance of working with international partners as the basis for global maritime security. Trust and cooperation are strengthened through coalition operations," said Rear Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, commander of CSG 2.
The exercise is designed to provide a realistic training environment simulating real-world operations, as well as to increase the interoperability of participating nations. Navy operations with coalition nations are a critical part of the global cooperation needed to keep the world's seaways safe.
This JTFEX made history in several ways.
USS Theodore Roosevelt hosted a historic collaboration between the U.S. and French Navies by participating in the first integrated U.S. and French carrier qualifications and cyclic flight operations aboard a U.S. carrier.
BNS Greenhalgh is the first Brazilian navy surface vessel to fully participate in such an exercise, operating with the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group. Additionally, Iwo Jima and Greenhalgh operated communications gear that allowed the exchange of tactical classified messages and text chat for the first time.
Also, this exercise marked the first time the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) participated as a stand-alone task group operating alongside the carrier and expeditionary strike groups.
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