US navy conducts naval exercises with Malaysia

11 May 2015 (Last Updated May 11th, 2015 18:30)

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, and Destroyer Squadron 1 has conducted naval exercises with Malaysian air and surface units in the South China Sea.

USS CARL VINSON

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, and Destroyer Squadron 1 has conducted naval exercises with Malaysian air and surface units in the South China Sea.

These bi-lateral training events were in support of Commander, US 7th Fleet theatre security cooperation objectives.

As part of the programme, the strike group carried out a photo exercise (Photoex), a 5in gun exercise, dissimilar air combat training (DACT) and an expendable manoeuvrable acoustic training target (EMATT) exercise.

The DACT portion of the training saw the CVW 17 F / A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets joining Malaysian SU-30, MiG-29N, and FA-18D Hornets to train in various combat situations.

The training included single aircraft engaging single aircraft, as well as complex multi-aircraft combat scenarios.

During the EMATT exercise, the guided-missile USS Gridley (DDG 101) worked with its Royal Malaysian Navy counterpart, KD LEKIR (FGS 26), to practise dual-ship, anti-submarine warfare.

DESRON 1 operations officer lieutenant commander Shelby Nikitin said: "The EMATT exercise allowed both US and Malaysian navies to track a live target that was threat representative.

"The EMATT exercise allowed both US and Malaysian navies to track a live target that was threat representative."

"This was excellent practice for both. We were impressed with the capabilities of the Royal Malaysian Navy."

The US and Malaysia collaborates on a number of security matters, including counterterrorism, maritime domain awareness, and regional stability.

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group commander Rear admiral Chris Grady said: "We greatly value our relationship with the Royal Malaysian military.

"Exercises like these are mutually beneficial and show our commitment to nurturing and deepening our bi-lateral ties with partner nations throughout the region."

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is aimed to support maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation efforts in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.


Image: F / A-18 Super Hornets and two Royal Malaysian Air Force Mig 29 Fulcrums fly in formation above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr / Released.