platforms and the expertise of the Peruvian submariners provided
a rare training opportunity for U.S. Navy forces to engage multiple
diesel-electric submarines as part of an exercise. ASW training
against conventionally-powered submarines is normally conducted
in the U.S. Navy with computer simulations at stateside trainers.
training methods are quite good, but they can’t compare with
an actual submarine and crew acting and reacting to your actions.
There’s no substitute for that!” said LTJG Joseph Simpson,
an HSL-46 pilot.
the ships’ and aircrafts’ anti-submarine capabilities
to the test from the very moment the force set to sea, when the
ships managed to find and evade a submarine lurking at the harbor’s
mouth. During the following days, the surface force operated together
in a variety of scenarios to counter sub-surface and air threats.
beneficial evolution for me was repositioning for a multi-threat
encounter,” said Sonar Technician 3rd Class William Thomas.
“Our whole sonar team loosened up and came together in this
complex and intense evolution.”
event was a “choke-point” transit, in which O’Bannon
was escorted by two Peruvian frigates, BAP Carvajal and
BAP Villavisencio, while evading an “orange”
submarine. “Working alongside surface ships from other countries
gave us the opportunity to coordinate precise tracking and prosecution
of submarines,” said LTJG William Hubbard, O’Bannon’s
ASW Officer. “I feel that these unique training opportunities
with South American ships have greatly broadened our tactical prowess
as both an ASW platform and a command-and-control platform.”
are difficult sub-surface targets to track. The experience and skill
of the crews of the Peruvian submarines BAP Antofagasta,
BAP Chipana, and BAP Arica added to the difficulty
of the exercise.
of the training we receive routinely incorporates the target tactics
used by our [U.S. Navy] submarine captains,” said Operations
Specialist 1st Class Anthony Arini aboard O’Bannon.
“The tactics that the Peruvians use are very different from
ours, so it’s a real challenge to operate against them in