Defense

August 26, 2013

US, China conduct counter piracy exercise

Jeffrey Fasoli, gunnery officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), discusses techniques with Chinese sailors aboard the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) destroyer Harbin (DDG 112) prior to a combined small-arms exercise. Mason is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

 

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) participated in a counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden with elements of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Navy), Aug. 24-25.

Mason joined Chinese destroyer Harbin (DDG 112) and Chinese auxiliary replenishment oiler Weishanhu (AO 887) to conduct a series of evolutions including combined visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), live-fire proficiency, and aviation operations to enhance bilateral interoperability in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

“The U.S. Navy and People’s Liberation Army (Navy) share a common interest in preserving legitimate mariners’ access to, and secure use of, the maritime domain by deterring, disrupting and suppressing piracy,” said Vice Adm. John Miller, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces. “Both regional and global security environments call for practical cooperation between navies, and this exercise demonstrates a cooperative effort by the U.S. and China to address common maritime security challenges.”

The Chinese oiler played the role of a pirated vessel as VBSS teams from both Mason and Harbin performed two boardings as a combined unit. The U.S.-Chinese team successfully completed the VBSS evolutions that included mock medical emergency and hostage scenarios.

“Watching U.S. and Chinese sailors working side by side was amazing,” said Cmdr. Wilson Marks, Mason’s commanding officer. “We may come from different places and speak different languages, but at the end of the day, we all share a common interest in protecting the maritime domain.”

The ships applied synchronized maneuvering techniques during a live-fire exercise involving an inflatable target. Mason and Harbin successfully engaged the target with the 5-inch MK-45 lightweight gun and 3.9-inch ENG-2 deck gun.

U.S. and PLA(N) helicopters also conducted cross-deck landing qualifications. These were the first such exchanges in which the U.S. and Chinese forces practiced interoperability in a major exercise.

The two navies prepared for this event for months. The commodore of the U.S. task force assigned with the planning and execution expressed how important and beneficial the training was.

“I am truly pleased with what we accomplished during this exercise. Our combined success demonstrated that our two navies can work together to achieve a common goal,” said Capt. Joseph Naman, commander, Task Force 55. “Our partnership and cooperation are essential to stability in not only this region but globally as well.”

The first bilateral counter piracy exercise conducted between the U.S. and Chinese navies occurred near the Horn of Africa with USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and PLA(N) frigate Yi Yang (FF 548), September 2012.

Mason is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

U.S. 5th Fleet AOR encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, North Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea. The expanse comprises 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.

 




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