3rd Fleet relocated command center to Hawaii for large-scale exercise

Grows. 11 (UPI) – The U.S. 3rd Fleet has moved its headquarters from San Diego to tents in Hawaii to serve as the tactical nerve center for a globally integrated naval exercise.

The fleet’s move to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam last week is in support of the Navy’s large-scale exercise 2021, the Navy said this week.

The training exercise began last week for multiple fleets and is intended to refine synchronized sea operations in preparation for possible combat problems and scenarios, according to a U.S. Navy press release.

The 3rd Fleet, which operates naval forces in the Indo-Pacific, set up tents in about three days with the help of the Joint Mobile Ashore Support Team Pacific and equipped the necessary facilities for their expedition naval operations center to move on Monday.

“We go where the fight takes us and we retain the advantage in warfare through our ability to solve problems and innovate in the middle of that fight,” said Steve Koehler, Vice Admiral of the US Fleet’s 3rd Fleet a press release.

“We can do this from a tent on land, a ship in the Pacific, or wherever we need to,” Kohler said.

Koehler said the scale of the maritime training event was unprecedented, Stars and Stripes reported.

“If you look at the large-scale naval exercise that we are conducting here, this is certainly the first of a kind in my 35 years in which we bring all naval forces together, synchronized across the entire navy. in the meetings we have all day in these 17 time zones, “he said.

However, he was silent about the possible scenarios and locations of the exercise, the newspaper reported.

The US Fleet Forces Command, the US Pacific Fleet and the US Navy Forces Europe will also participate in the training, which runs until August 16, in their area of ​​responsibility.

Last year’s event, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was the first to include information warfare and unmanned technology.

Earlier this week, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson arrived in the Hawaiian Islands operations area to take part in the large-scale exercise.

USS Carl Vinson Carrier Air Wing 2 includes the US Navy’s newest advanced F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and the CMV-22 Osprey carrier aircraft, USNI reported. Both contain some of the Navy’s latest sensors and weapon systems.

The command center includes computers, telephone lines, conference screens and other information and communication devices that enable it to continue to serve as both the headquarters of the fleet for its daily functions and for the large-scale exercise.

The fleet controls more than a dozen ships and submarines, as well as three expeditionary forces supporting the exercise.

The exercise includes approximately 36 live units such as aircraft carriers and submarines. Also included are 50 virtual units and “an unlimited number of constructive or computer-generated units,” according to the Navy.

The event will be used to “evaluate and modernize concepts of warfare, including distributed sea operations, expedition base operations and coastal operations in a competitive environment,” the press release said.

The exercise is expected to become a three-year exercise in which partners and allies from around the world will participate in future events.