ASWEX Promotes Stability, Security During Talisman Sabre
150708-N-BX824-025 TIMOR SEA (July 8, 2015) Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Andrew Friend stows an Mk 45 5-inch powder case into a powder case canister aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) in preparation of a live-fire exercise in support of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian defense forces to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries' ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)
ASWEX Promotes Stability, Security During Talisman Sabre
TIMOR SEA (NNS) -- The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) participated in a multi-unit anti-submarine warfare exercise (ASWEX) as part of Talisman Sabre 2015 (TS15), July 7-8.

During the exercise the strike group executed ASW search and tracking tactics against live submarine targets.

"The ultimate goal of the exercise is to train our units to plan for and execute an ASW plan in defense of George Washington from a submarine threat," said Lt. James Petersen, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 submarine operations officer. "These exercises allow us to ensure combat-readiness in our area of responsibility."

Petersen added that the ASW exercise is a building block toward acquiring the ability to seamlessly integrate common initiatives to promote security and stability.

"Not only will we improve our individual tactical proficiency through the exercise, we will also gain an increased understanding of how each of us achieves success in difficult tactical situations through the particular skills each ally brings to the table," said Petersen.

Participants from the GWCSG included the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, DESRON 15, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62).

According to Petersen, the exercise gave both nations an opportunity to flex their capabilities while improving their ability to work bilaterally in providing security in the region and around the world.

TS15 is a biennial land, sea and air military training exercise between U.S. and Australian forces that features more than 33,000 personnel, 21 ships, 200 aircraft and three submarines, which increases U.S.-Australian interoperability to respond to a wide variety of contingencies and maintain security, peace, and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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