Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet conducted an undersea warfare exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 13-15. The exercise provided theater undersea warfare proficiency training by conducting integrated anti-submarine warfare operations against simulated high-end adversaries. Commander, Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 22 embarked Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) to lead the exercise, which integrated air, surface, and sub-surface assets to coordinate efforts for maritime homeland defense. U.S. 2nd Fleet, reestablished in 2018 in response to the changing global security environment, develops and employs maritime forces ready to fight across multiple domains in the Atlantic and Arctic in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied, and partner interests.
“This was a phenomenal opportunity to advance our proficiency to be ready to fight at the high-end. We take every opportunity to conduct coordinated exercises such as this, to ensure that we have a ready and credible force in response to adversary operations in the Atlantic Ocean,” said Rear Adm. Brian Davies, commander, Submarine Group Two (SUBGRUTWO) and deputy commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet.
“Effective integration and continued maturation of high-end ASW skills across units and staffs is a must. This exercise is another strong step in the broader communities’ continuum to advance Theater, Task Group, and Unit Level ASW readiness in the Atlantic,” said Capt. Milciades “Tony” Then, commander of CDS 22.