Story Number: NNS140130-01Release Date: 1/30/2014 7:49:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (EXW) Sebastian McCormack, Submarine Group 7 Public Affairs
FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Submarine Group 7 (SUBGRU7) hosted Task Force Staff Talks Jan. 27 in the staff conference room of SUBGRU7 headquarters at Fluckey Hall.
At the talks, which lasted almost three hours, leadership developed a plan to adapt current theater anti-submarine warfare coordination procedures and doctrine to today's operating environment.
Participants included approximately 40 naval officers including Rear Adm. Stuart Munsch, commander, Task Force 74 (CTF 74), Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70), Capt. Paul Lyons, commander, Destroyer Squadron 15 (CDS 15), and Capt. Michael Parker, commander, Task Force 72 (CTF 72).
"During practical application, training, and real world operations, we've found that the capability and technology of today's naval warfighting force in Commander, 7th Fleet (C7F) render some of the current coordination guidance and requirements obsolete," said Lt. Quintino Johnson, the coordinator of the talks. "Instead of continuing to operate based on old guidance, or establish temporary standing orders, we've decided as a team to take action and establish new guidance and doctrine. This will ensure that the naval force is working together seamlessly, sharing information, and has the flexibility to conduct multiple missions with minimum risks to force and safety."
The solutions provided are intended to ensure that the CTFs operating in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility have the ability to respond quickly to crisis or transition to war as a warfighting team.
"To refine the recommended solutions, each CTF's staff action officers are continuing the conversation as well as drafting guidance based on discussions and agreements made during the talks," said Johnson. "Eventually, a final product will be provided to the CTF commanders for review and approval."
The talks not only provided leadership with an opportunity to develop a plan, they also gave officers a chance to meet and greet each other, and work together in person.
"It's a team building exercise," said Johnson. "Each command has a large staff, and has multiple mission requirements and responsibilities in supporting the mission of C7F. No command operates completely independently of the others, so sometimes it is good to meet people and put a face to the individual you're corresponding with via email, or on the phone."
SUBGRU7 safely and securely conducts persistent undersea warfare and anti-submarine warfare operations in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility covering nearly half of the Earth's surface. Coordinating a diverse fleet of submarines, surface ships and aircraft, CTF 74 and CTF 54 provide theater anti-submarine warfare support from the Red Sea to the International Date Line.
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