Destroyer Squadron 15 Completes Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 
By Ensign Carissa Guthrie USS Fitzgerald Public Affairs  
PACIFIC OCEAN - U.S. Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 embarked on board USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) concluded their at sea participation for the exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 with U.S, Australian and Canadian air, land and maritime forces July 27.

Fitzgerald served as the flagship for DESRON 15 coordinating forces in complex, combined operations. Throughout the exercise, Fitzgerald had the opportunity to serve alongside six allied warships, three U.S. and Australian replenishments ships, one U.S. amphibious ship, one U.S. submarine and multiple U.S. and Australian aircraft.

“The success of Talisman Sabre is a testament to the continued strength of the U.S. and Australian military-military relationship,” said Cmdr. Dennis Velez, deputy commodore of DESRON 15. “The support received from the Destroyer Squadron staff and crew of Fitzgerald was instrumental in the execution of each evolution.”

Talisman Sabre provided force assimilation training across numerous warfare areas to include air defense, naval surface fire support, anti-submarine warfare and amphibious operations.

As the flagship, Fitzgerald led the integration of a combined command post exercise, combined field training exercise with force-on-force and integrated combined arms live-fire exercises.

In the final days of Talisman Sabre, Australian, Canadian and U.S. forces conducted a photo exercise, coming together in a brilliant display of expert ship handling.

“Australia and the United States share common values and a commitment to peace and security throughout the Western-Pacific region,” said Velez. “I look forward to further increasing our interoperability and ability to work as a combined task force.”
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