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August 3, 2021

US Indo-Pacific Command commences Large Scale Global Exercise 21

Forces from the US, Australia, Japan and the UK are participating in the all-domain exercise.

The US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) has started conducting the Department of Defense (DoD) exercise ‘Large Scale Global Exercise 21 (LSGE21)’.

The all-domain exercise is witnessing participation of forces from the US Army, US Air Force (USAF), US Navy, and US Marine Corps (USMC), as well as the UK Army, Australian Defence Force (ADF), and Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF).

It started on 2 August and will run until 27 August.

INDOPACOM stated: “The United States is committed to working with our unmatched network of alliances and partnerships in this complex operating environment to ensure regional stability, strengthen the internal rules-based order, secure lines of communication, and maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific that benefits all nations.”

The exercise is taking place across the Indo-Pacific region.

It includes activities such as field training, amphibious landings, airborne and ground maneuvers, air operations and logistical support activities.

Maritime operations and other special operational activities are also included.

USINDOPACOM noted that US forces are being trained alongside allied nations to improve interoperability and mutual understanding on addressing security-related challenges.

In March last year, the US Navy announced the postponement of the exercise until 2021 due to restrictions and other safety measures in place to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last month, US, UK and Dutch naval forces conducted a large scale combined, bilateral surface, air and sub-surface joint interoperability exercise in the Gulf of Aden.

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