US Navy's George H.W. Bush CSG participates in Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017


The US Navy's George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) has begun its participation in Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017.

The exercise has been designed to aid the development of theatre-specific combat skills, in addition to strengthening cooperation between UK and US forces, and governmental agencies.

Saxon Warrior 2017 will be led by the UK Royal Navy's flag officer sea training (FOST) and is expected to offer a number of challenges to the multinational and multi-platform force by providing a diverse and unpredictable war environment, which will be created using fictional geo-political and military scenarios.

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 commander rear admiral Kenneth Whitesell said: “Saxon Warrior allows both US and UK naval forces a chance to hone our interoperability skills.

“Particularly important is the alignment of US CSGs and the UK CSG. This unique opportunity affords the spectrum of warfighting for both strike group staffs, strengthening our military understanding and capability.”

Participating in the exercise provides the naval forces with an opportunity to address a wide range of scenarios that will change on a daily basis.

"The exercise will focus on our ability to train together using advanced warfighting capabilities and contribute toward the generation of the UK CSG."

This is intended to offer a tactical contrast that builds upon the in-depth, extended timeline scenario training that began during the US Navy’s GHWBCSG's composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).

UK Royal Navy CSG commander commodore Andrew Betton OBE said: “Building on a long history of strong US / UK relations, Saxon Warrior '17 will demonstrate the key role that the UK, as a leading Nato nation, plays in regional security.

“The exercise will focus on our ability to train together using advanced warfighting capabilities and contribute toward the generation of the UK CSG.”

The US GHWBCSG's collaboration with the UK CSG and maritime units from Germany, Norway and Sweden will boost the skills required for enhanced interoperability, as well as proficiency in conducting major maritime operations worldwide.


Image: The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Photo: courtesy of US Navy by mass communication specialist seaman Zachary Wickline / Released.