WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN
(Sept 24, 2010) - USS CROMMELIN (FFG-37) completes final preparations for Operation Valiant Shield in the waters surrounding Guam.
The Surface Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measuring (SURFREM) Program was established in October 2006 in order to develop and improve Navy tactics, techniques and procedures and to provide empirical data on sensor/weapon performance.
Exercise VALIANT SHIELD provides the US Navy with assessment and data collection to assist in the advancement and improvement of the “Global Force For Good.”
USS CROMMELIN (FFG-37) recently completed Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with the USNS PECOS. Completion of the RAS marks the final preparation for Exercise VALIANT SHIELD. VALIANT SHIELD represents CROMMELINS first multi-ship exercise since it left Pearl Harbor, HI over a month ago. This exercise provides the crew invaluable training in a multi-ship, integrated environment. With over 10 participating US Warships, the CROMMELIN will practice many different skills and techniques.
The exercise will focus on methods of counter-detection, deception, reconnaissance and evasive maneuvers. Practicing these operations is paramount to the success of the US Navy in protecting its assets at home and abroad. Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment (IPOE) comprises one of the biggest challenges our forces afloat encounter.
The scenarios carried out will provide the crew an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of existing tactics, techniques and procedures in a largely free-play environment. This exercise will present real-world challenges and operations in a highly organized and efficient training evolution. The crew of CROMMELIN will be expected to react and respond accordingly to simulated attacks, both electronic and ordinance based.
With the dynamic and increasingly hostile state of the Western Pacific Area of Operation, Exercise VALIANT SHIELD provides an opportunity for CROMMELIN and other participating ships to employ various tactics and to assess the relative effectiveness of combined joint forces under similar circumstances.
The crew is excited and energized by the upcoming operations and continued support as Americas watch dog in the Pacific.