Ships from three Nato allied nations, together with the US Navy’s Gerald R Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG), have completed Task Force Exercise (TFEX) 23-2.

Coordinated and led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, the exercise was held between 5 and 23 October.

The three-week-long exercise coincided with the GRFCSG’s inaugural deployment with Nato allied nations in the Atlantic. 

One ship each from the three Nato countries, including Spain, Canada and Germany, participated in the exercise.

Participating vessels included the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), Spanish Navy’s Alvaro De Bazan-class ship ESPS Alvaro De Bazan (F 101) and German Navy’s Sachsen-class ship FGS Hessen (F 221).

As part of TFEX 23-2, the multinational forces conducted several training drills, including simulated strait transits, weapons systems testing, cyber response training, communication drills, flight operations and other dynamic manoeuvres.

CSG-4 commander rear admiral Jeffrey Czerewko said: “CSG-4 develops scenarios in an agile and informed manner to best prepare our warfighters for anything they may encounter while deployed at sea.

“The scenarios offered all participants a building block approach to planning and executing missions culminating in successful demonstrations of lethal performance in a high-end fight.”

The exercise was also joined by the US Navy’s four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, including USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), Mason (DDG 87), Bulkeley (DDG 84) and James E Williams (DDG 95).

DDG 96 and 87 supported the execution of training scenarios during the TFEX 23-2 while DDG 84 and 95 joined this exercise to prepare for their independent-duty deployments scheduled to take place later this year.

The GRFCSG comprises CSG-12, Carrier Air Wing (CVW)-8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON)-2 and five other US Navy warships, including USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78).