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.