The US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC) have collaborated to conduct integrated operations at sea to support the regional security and stability in the US 7th Fleet area of operations.

These operations focus on interoperability to continue the development of warfighting concepts.

Additionally, they will improve distributed maritime missions and enable real-time proficiency and readiness.

US Destroyer Squadron 15 commodore Captain Steven De Moss said: “Our forward-deployed naval forces at sea are spread from the Sea of Japan to operations in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.

“It sharpens our warfighting readiness, while continuing to support regional security, stability, and international norms.”

Operations include the III Marine Expeditionary Force, amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), and USS Russell (DDG 59).

Other vessels participating in the operations are combat logistics force ships USNS Alan Sheppard (T-AKE 3), USNS Pecos (T-AO 197), and maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

The integrated operations conducted by US Navy and USMC are protecting the defence interests of the US and its allies.

Military Sealift Command Far East Commander Captain Robert Williams said: “Every day, our CLF Mariners sail alongside our sailors and marines ensuring the readiness and resiliency of our forward-deployed naval forces.”

The integrated efforts enhance the US’ ability to deal any contingency. It also prepares forces for mission readiness.

The mission is expected to stabilise the Indo-Pacific, promoting peace and prosperity for nations in the region.