Anti-submarine warfare drill GUAMEX kicks off

Illustration: A US Navy photo from the 2015-edition of the exercise shows an EA-18G Growler jet passing over a formation of ships from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

New Zealand, Japan and the U.S. sent their units to Guam where they will be taking part in a multinational anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise off the coast of Guam, from July 31 to August 12.

GUAMEX will include multiple aircraft and subsurface assets from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the U.S..

“GUAMEX provides an exceptional opportunity for our regional allies, friends, and partners to test our interoperability skills and hone our ASW techniques in a series of dynamic events. We don’t often get the chance to train with one another,” said Lt. Christi Morrissey, attached to Task Force 72 and the U.S. action officer for GUAMEX 2017. “We plan to put the crews through their paces, but also want to foster lasting relationships amongst the participants outside of the operational events.”

Designed to strengthen regional partnerships, GUAMEX 2017 will include approximately 40 operational scenarios and the opportunity for military to military exchange events on aircraft and vessels.

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