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    Sailors Hone ASW Skills during Joint Warrior



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    Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command

    By Lt. Zachary Harrell

    ATLANTIC OCEAN – The high-pitched “pings” of active sonar echo throughout the ship as a constant reminder of the anti-submarine warfare training taking place aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Stout during Joint Warrior 10-2.

    Joint Warrior is a two-week, multinational training exercise that takes place off the coast of Scotland. It is designed to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare participating crews to conduct combined operations during deployment.

    ASW, one of the major warfare areas of U.S. guided-missile destroyers, plays a significant role in the exercise.

    “ASW is a thinking warfare that requires a lot of quick reaction,” said Ens. Shun White, ASW officer aboard Stout. “As an ASW watch team, it is important that you know more about your enemy from a tactical stand point than he does of you.”

    ASW revolves around using the ship’s sonar to locate and track underwater contacts. Joint Warrior allows the ship’s ASW operators to hone these skills in the challenging underwater environment of the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. If executed successfully, the crew will earn its ASW certification, which is required in order to be certified overall for deployment.

    Since the coast of Scotland has been known to be a common breeding site for several species of marine mammals, the Navy has taken many precautionary measures to minimize the impact of active sonar on the marine environment.

    “The Navy has put in place all the protocols the government has issued regarding the environment,” said Doug Newman, chief sonar technician (surface), a sonar operator aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge. “After we are done, we send out a message saying where we were and what we did, for documentation purposes.”

    The U.S. ships participating in Joint Warrior include guided-missile destroyers Bainbridge, Stout, USS Nitze and Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman, and are led by destroyer squadron 24, commanded by Capt. Aaron Jacobs.

    Joint Warrior promotes Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet's three focus areas, which are conducting safe and effective fleet operations to achieve mission, providing ready maritime forces for global assignment and teaming with allies and partners in execution of the maritime strategy.



    Date Taken: 10.14.2010
    Date Posted: 10.14.2010 09:36
    Story ID: 58082

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