The U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86), the U.K. Royal Navy's Duke-class frigate HMS Monmouth (F 235), and the French Marine Nationale's anti-air destroyer FS Jean Bart (D 615) participated in the exercise.
Intrepid Sentinel was designed to increase interoperability between the three participating nations and reduce response time by establishing a coordinated international maritime coalition to counter the complex challenges presented in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO).
"This was a great exercise," said Cmdr. Ted Wiederholt, commanding officer of USS Shoup (DDG 86). "This exercise brought together the United Kingdom, French, and U.S. navies in an operational environment where we successfully built proficiency across multiple warfare areas, strengthened already strong naval relationships, and built new personal relationships that allowed all of us improved warfighting integration."
During the exercise, the ships conducted operations that branched into multiple warfare areas. The multinational trio was involved in an air defense exercise, a combined anti-submarine exercise, as well as a visit, board, search and seizure event.
"This exercise provided an opportunity to demonstrate our professionalism while warfighting together in this area," said Lt. Denis Giraudion, French destroyer FS Jean Bart's (D615) air defense officer and air intercept officer. "It was a pleasure to visit USS Shoup after a one-month deployment with Carrier Strike Group 11."
Intrepid Sentinel helped the allies to optimize combat effectiveness and efficiency against conventional and irregular threats through warfighting integration.
"Intrepid Sentinel has provided a great opportunity to practice working together as friends and allies," said U.K. Royal Navy Sub-Lt. Alfred Pace, HMS Monmouth's (F235) 2nd officer of the watch. "It helped us understand how each country's navy operates to better our chances of winning at sea."