PACFLT Participates in Multi-National Missile Defense Forum

Story Number: NNS160527-36Release Date: 5/27/2016 1:44:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian M. Wilbur, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

HONOLULU (NNS) -- The head of U.S. Pacific Fleet Maritime Operations participated in the Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum's planning session in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 24.

Rear Adm. Patrick Piercey spoke at the opening session, which was held for the first time in Hawaii. It serves as a precursor to the At Sea Demonstration scheduled for this summer at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific exercise, and allows participating nations to plan the event.

"The Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum has already made impressive advances in the European theater, building a collaborative missile defense team that is preparing our forces for the IAMD challenge," said Piercey. "European and Pacific nations share the same interoperability goals for maritime Integrated Air and Missile Defense, and MTMD collaboration in the Pacific and during RIMPAC this year increases our ability to respond to present and future threats."

The MTMD is a multi-national organization that promotes and builds on the interoperability of sea-based Integrated Air and Missile Defense.

Last year's ASD in the North Atlantic gave the MTMD Forum its first opportunity to gather ships from participating nations and conduct various naval interoperability tests. During the demonstration, a Standard Missile 3 was launched for the first time in Europe and resulted in the first exo-atmospheric intercept from European waters.

Additionally, the demonstration marked the first time an object was launched into space from United Kingdom soil. Participants in the forum expressed how these milestones and more have helped establish a new foundation for interoperability for participating nations, and paved the way for future at-sea demonstrations.

The MTMD Forum consists of members from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. Since it is not specific to one country, the chairmanship rotates among its member nations. The chairmanship was held by the United States and was scheduled to be passed to the Netherlands for 2016-2017.

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