1/2/2018
USS Shoup Builds Multinational Partnerships

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."

 

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Monmouth's leadership agreed that this collaboration at sea was beneficial to everyone involved.

"Interoperability with key partner nations is critical to conducting operations," said U.K. Royal Navy Cmdr. Ian Feasey, commanding officer of Monmouth. "Exercise Intrepid Sentinel has allowed us to hone and refine our collective fighting capability, ensuring we remain at high readiness to provide a multinational response to emerging situations or crises."

USS Shoup was deployed with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserving freedom of navigation, and maintaining the free flow of commerce.

The U.S. 5th Fleet AOO encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. The expanse comprises 20 countries and includes three critical choke points: the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. Surface Warfare Magazine

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