ARAB GULF – The U.S. Naval Forces have a multilateral joint and combined air operation in support of the Live-Fire Maritime Surface Warfare Exercise (AOMSW) with the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Kuwait and the United Arabs Emirates completed in the Arabian Gulf, 18.-22. July.
This exercise is the second multinational AOMSW exercise in two months. AOMSW, formerly known as Maritime Air Support, enables rapid deployment of capabilities and includes naval warfare, armed reconnaissance, air suppression, assault coordination, and rapid counterattack / fast coastal assault boats for the defense of maritime assets require greater air-to-ground integration and the movement of naval forces.
“This week-long exercise across the Arabian Gulf, which spanned multiple AOMSW events, really demonstrated the coalition’s ability to integrate and meet goals as a team.” said Commodore Christopher Gilbertson, commander of Task Force 55. “We had USAF F-15s under the control of Marine Corps joint tactical controllers, embarked on US Navy warships and sailed alongside a Royal Navy frigate accompanied by USCG cutters , all supported by the US Army, fought with cameramen and conducted integrated events with the naval forces of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. “
The US Navy routinely integrates ground and aviation units to train and upgrade the coalition forces. Previous exercises included US Air Force AC-130 attack helicopters, US Army attack helicopters, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), UAE Joint Aviation Command aircraft, and other regional partners.
“Interoperability exercises with our regional partners and Coast Guard colleagues are critical to our ability to address dynamic maritime threats in the region,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander, US Naval Forces Central Command, US 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “Every opportunity to work together as a team benefits our home countries and the future security of this region. I was incredibly impressed with the skills of each nation’s service members as they seamlessly partner with our forces to ensure a free and open maritime space. “
The guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) took part in the exercise; Amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17); Dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50); Guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) and USS Monterey (CG 61); patrol the coastal ships USS Whirlwind (PC 11), USS Typhoon (PC 5), USS Tempest (PC 2) and USS Chinook (PC 9); and US Coast Guard Cutters USCGC Baranof (WPB 1318), USCGC Maui (WPB 1304), USCGC Monomoy (WPB 1326), USCGC Wrangell (WPB 1332), USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and USCGC Robert Goldman (WPC 1142); with U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and elements from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit; Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose (F236); United Arab Emirates naval ship Al Jahili (P 175); Kuwaiti Coast Guard Ship 307 Dasman; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The area of operations of the 5th Fleet is approximately 2.5 million square miles of water that includes the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The area spans 20 countries and includes three bottlenecks that are critical to the free flow of global trade.
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