US Navy’s Wasp ARG completes FST-GC exercise

7 March 2016 (Last Updated March 7th, 2016 18:30)

The US Navy's Wasp Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) has successfully completed the Group Commander Fleet Synthetic Training (FST-GC) exercise.

The US Navy's Wasp Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) has successfully completed the Group Commander Fleet Synthetic Training (FST-GC) exercise.

The Wasp ARG includes PHIBRON 6, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), amphibious dock-landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) and amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD-17).

The two-week combined exercise included operational and tactical planning, where Wasp and its partners experienced an in-depth, synthetic training environment simulating real life scenarios.

“FST-GC allows us to integrate, operate, and innovate as an Amphibious Readiness Group in order to improve professional confidence and teamwork.”

ARG passed one of the first graded evolutions as part of its workup cycle for its 2016 summer deployment.

The evolution includes one-week of classroom and one-week of simulated operations conducted on respective ships in port.

The Tactical Training Group Atlantic (TTGL), which led the exercise, provided advanced tactical training, to improve proficiency in warfighting and joint operations.

Computer-generated environmental conditions, political unrest and foreign military provocations tested the warfare commanders and operators' decision-making process and pre-planned responses during FST-GC.

PHIBRON 6 deputy commodore captain Byron Ogden said: "FST-GC allows us to integrate, operate, and innovate as an Amphibious Readiness Group in order to improve professional confidence and teamwork.

"The completion of the exercise marks another successful milestone in the preparation for our upcoming deployment."