The multinational maritime warfare exercise Intrepid Sentinel featuring maritime forces from France, the UK, Australia and the US has come to a close in the Arabian Gulf.
The exercise, which is designed to enhance warfighting readiness and interoperability between allies and partners, witnessed participation from France’s Marine nationale F70AA-class air defence destroyer FS Cassard (D 614), UK’s Royal Navy Daring-class air defence destroyer HMS Dragon (D 35).
Other vessels include Royal Australian Navy ’s Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155), and the US Navy’s aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111).
Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 commodore captain Murzban Morris said: “The exercise itself is meant to develop interoperability because one of our overall goals is to develop the opportunity to where we don’t have to have a particular situation or a defined event that happens to bring us together.
“We should have that interoperability and operate together at a moment’s notice. So, that’s what this exercise is about so that whenever we may need it we can come together whether or not there is a crisis.”
As part of the exercise, the vessels participated in various integrated events using air and surface platforms. This will strengthen capabilities across multiple warfare areas and promote the integration of multinational maritime forces during operations.
Cassard commanding officer captain C.V. Ouk said: “Our strong partnership is an essential asset for the maritime security in the Indian Ocean.”
The exercise allowed the ships to take part in shared evolutions such as a cross-deck of Sailors, air defence exercises, helicopter deck landing qualification (DLQ) cross decks, plane guard exercises, and formation sailing.
The participating maritime forces had the opportunity to focus on modern naval warfighting core competencies with emphasis on aspects such as reviewing performance and tactics, command and control constructs and recommending solutions to warfighting gaps.
Intrepid Sentinel also involved integrated air intercept control and response, as well as trading off surface warfare commander and screen commander roles.
Furthermore, the three-day exercise saw the ships perform surface warfare exercises, such as formation sailing, which allowed them to practise dynamic warfare techniques.