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June 7, 2022

Forces from US, Australia and Canada conduct US Navy’s FST-J exercise

The exercise aims to evaluate and hone tactical expertise of geographically separated units.

Units from the US, Canada and Australia participated in the US Navy-sponsored week-long Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint exercise (FST-J).

FST-J exercises bring together various units from across the world to train together in a virtual environment and minimise the complex logistics involved in the live exercises.

It aims to evaluate and hone tactical expertise of geographically separated units.

The latest exercise involved participation of various units from the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the US Army, the US Air Force (USAF), the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the US Navy.

The FST-J exercise was also supported by the USAF’s 505th Combat Training Squadron (CTS) and the 926th Operations Group, Detachment 1 (OG/Det 1).

The 505th CTS is assigned to the 505th Combat Training Group, Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada and the 505th Command and Control Wing, headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

During the exercise, the 505th CTS’s Professional Control Force was deployed to provide range of mission support through its Joint Semi-Automated Forces, including realistic pilot role-play.

The USAF’s Air Operation Centre (AOC) Replication Cell provided command and control support to the participating carrier strike group and subordinate units.

US Fleet Forces Joint & Partner Nation Training team lead Brynt Query said: “They are critical enablers, the navy has no replication cell that compares to the 505th CTS team, and the FST-J mission would suffer without them.” 

As part of the exercise, the 505th CTS and 926th OG/Det 1 conducted seven Air Tasking Orders and Airspace Control Orders.

Additionally, the two units supported flying operations of 1,403 missions along with 2,357 individual sorties, to deliver certification training in the US Indo-Pacific Command’s joint air, maritime and littoral scenarios. 

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