DESRON 26 Arrive for Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1

Ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 pulled into Faslane, Scotland, ready to commence Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, April 9.

DESRON 26 arrived in Faslane with guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) and guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), ready to participate in Joint Warrior, a semi-annual training exercise conducted in the coastal waters off the United Kingdom.

The training, led by the United Kingdom, is designed to provide NATO and allied forces a multiwarfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. Participating countries aim to improve interoperability and prepare forces for future combined exercises.

The United Kingdom’s advanced naval certification course, Joint Warrior comprises numerous scheduled training scenarios, including small-boat attacks, boarding operations, air defense, antisubmarine warfare and ship maneuverability tasks.

In addition to Porter and Anzio, U.S. Navy ships participating in Joint Warrior 15-1 are guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69); guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75); and dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13). Elements from Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 will also participate in the exercise.

Joint Warrior is slated to last approximately two weeks. The exercise will include air, sea and ground assets from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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