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Exercise Joint Warrior 18-1 Begins

April 23, 2018 at 1:36 PM UTC
Mass Communciation Specialist 1st Class Kyle Steckler

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) began exercise Joint Warrior 18-1, a two-week exercise designed and led by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff in the United Kingdom on April 22, 2018.  Joint Warrior is the largest military exercise in Europe, and takes place off the coast of Scotland.

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Joint Warrior is a multinational exercise in a robust maritime training environment in which allies and partners can improve interoperability and prepare forces for combined operations.

“U.S. participation in exercises like Joint Warrior is further proof that we are committed to acting collectively with our NATO allies, European partners, and the entire international community to disrupt threats to our mission of bringing stability to the region,” said Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, commanding officer of Ross. “No single nation can combat global threats alone. The more the U.S. and our NATO and European allies train together, the more effective we’ll be. Joint Warrior is an excellent chance to continue to hone those relationships and train with the best of the best.”

In addition to Ross, two other U.S. Navy ships are taking part in the exercise, led by Commander, Task Force 65. They are the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) and the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12). Joining the ships is a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconaissance aircraft from the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26.

"USS Gravely is proud to be joining our NATO and partner nations in Joint Warrior,” said Cmdr. Justin R. Hodges, commanding officer of Gravely. “We are excited for the opportunity to conduct dynamic and challenging exercises across multiple warfare areas, which are sure to improve our interoperability.  My crew has been training for this exercise, and we are ready to put that training to use through the complex and realistic scenarios provided by Joint Warrior."

Joint Warrior involves sea, ground and air assets from participating allied and NATO forces and aims to foster a spirit of teamwork between nations.

Fourteen other countries are participating in this iteration of Joint Warrior. They include: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its sixth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.