Story Number: NNS140331-04Release Date: 3/31/2014 9:00:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lacordrick Wilson
ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Ships of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 participating in the multinational exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 departed Faslane, United Kingdom, March 30 after a scheduled port visit.
Joint Warrior 14-1 is a semiannual, United Kingdom-led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces a unique, multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations.
Guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), guided-missile destroyers USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), and guided-missile cruisers USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), are participating in the coalition exercise, which is intended to improve interoperability between allied navies in a challenging operational environment and to prepare them for real world events.
"Joint Warrior is one of the most realistic training exercises that the U.S. Navy is involved in," said Capt. Cary Krause, commander, DESRON 26. "Working with allied partners will help us make connections and strengthen the U.S. Navy's ability to operate with a variety of navies and platforms."
The Joint Warrior exercise is designed and led by the joint tactical exercise planning staff in the United Kingdom, and is considered an advanced certification course for their ships.
"For the ships participating, it will be a very unique learning opportunity," said Krause. "The exercise will require adequate focus and integration from all navies, which is necessary for giving our Sailors the proper training for real world future events."
The two-week exercise will include scenarios such as small boat attacks, boarding operations, air defense, anti-warfare, and ship maneuverability tasks. More than 30 individual units, including aviation, surface, and subsurface, are participating.
U.S. assets will be working with units from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Turkey and the United Kingdom.