Warships from Australia, Japan, UK and US join forces in MPX 2021



Naval forces from Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States have come together for a 2021 Multilateral Maritime Partnership (MPX) exercise to conduct naval training in the eastern ocean Indian, October 15-18.

US Navy press release

During the multinational exercise, four Indo-Pacific navies, including the Royal British Navy (RN), the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Navy engaged in a enhanced planning, advanced maritime communications operations, anti-submarine warfare operations, air warfare operations, live fire events, replenishments at sea, bridge flight operations and maritime interdiction operations .

“MPX is premium multi-domain maritime training at its best. The four participating nations have enduring interests in the security, stability and well-being of the Indo-Pacific region. We will continue to refine our collective strengths – speed, accuracy, lethality – to maximize our combat proficiency with our trusted regional partners. “

Rear Adm. Dan Martin, Commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1.

Elements of the Royal Australian, British, Japanese and United States maritime forces regularly operate together in the Indo-Pacific, fostering a cooperative approach to regional security and stability. This exercise brings together several allies and partners to strengthen interoperability and increase operations in the Indian Ocean region.

“The US Navy regularly conducts integrated training operations with its international partners to demonstrate our commitment and investment in the Indo-Pacific region. In addition to preserving a rules-based international order in the global maritime commons, the United States Navy’s unwavering commitment to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific is essential to international commerce and commerce. “

Capt Gilbert Clark, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1.

Bay of Bengal (Oct. 17, 2021) An F-35B Lightning II, assigned to the “Wake Island Avengers” of Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VFMA) 211, launches from the cockpit of the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08), as the ship sails alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and the Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Kaga (DDH 184), of the Maritime Force Japanese Self-Defense Force, as ships transit the Bay of Bengal as part of Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX), Oct. 17, 2021. MPX 2021 is a multilateral maritime exercise between the Royal Australian Navy, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, the British Royal Navy and the United States Maritime Forces, focused on naval cooperation, interoperability and regional security and stability in the Indo-Pacific and is an example of the enduring partnership between Australian, Japanese maritime forces , British and American icaines, who regularly operate together in the Indo-Pacific, fostering a cooperative approach towards regional security and stability. (Photo by US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Russell Lindsey)

CSG 1 recently conducted various bilateral exercises with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and three-carrier operations with the Royal Navy’s HSM Queen Elizabeth (R08) and the US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

“Multilateral and bilateral exercises demonstrate our unwavering commitment to our partners and our collective desire to maintain a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. The more we train together, the faster and easier we can come together when our combined strengths are needed. “

Captain P. Scott Miller, commanding officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Members of the Royal Australian Navy are the Anzac class frigates HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) and HMAS Sirius (O 266).

“Our continued cooperation with Japan, the UK and the US further strengthens our relationships with professional mariners and improves our interoperability. Both Ballarat and Sirius have spent a lot of time deployed to the region this year, and the Maritime Partnership Exercise just adds to the list of great Navy-to-Navy activities we’ve experienced with the United States.

Cmdr. Antony Pisani, commander of HMAS Ballarat.

The Royal British Navy participants included the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 21, consisting of HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08); HMS Defender (D36); HMS Kent (F78); HMS Richmond (F2389); RFA Tidespring (A136); RFA Fort Victoria (A387); and USS The Sullivans (DDG 68).

Participants in the JMSDF included the Izumo-class general-purpose operation destroyer JS Kaga (DDH 184), the Murasame-class destroyers JS Murasame (DD 101).

The US Navy participants included the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, consisting of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2; Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57); Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106); and Fleet Replenishment Oiler Henry J. Kaiser-class USNS Yukon (T-AO 202).

CSG 1 is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of ​​operations. This is the first time a CSG has deployed to the 7th Fleet area of ​​operations with the Air Wing of the Future (AWOTF), including the first operational deployment for the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and Navy CMV-22B Osprey.

CSG 1 provides a combat-ready force to protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the United States and its regional allies and partners. Collectively, the VINCSG is made up of more than 7,000 sailors, capable of performing a wide variety of missions around the world.



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