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US Navy USS Shiloh Concludes Surface Warfare Advanced Technical Training in Philippine Sea

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US Navy USS Shiloh Concludes Surface Warfare Advanced Technical Training in Philippine Sea

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US Navy Cruiser USS Shiloh Concludes Surface Warfare Advanced Technical Training in Philippine Sea
US Navy Cruiser USS Shiloh Concludes Surface Warfare Advanced Technical Training in Philippine Sea

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, conducted Surface Warfare Advanced Technical Training (SWATT) exercises in the Philippine Sea from the 14th to the 23rd of January. The exercises tested Shiloh’s, proficiency in combat capability, lethality, as well as interoperability with other nations. Shiloh participated alongside other units including USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ship JS Ashigara (DDG 178) in a number of simulated events including small boat counters, strait transits, navigation, and weapons testing.

“SWATT was a dynamic bilateral exercise that emphasized our ability to operate with other U.S. and JMSDF units cohesively,” said Capt. Adam Cheatham, commanding officer of the Shiloh. “Interoperability is key to our mission in 7th Fleet.”

“This exercise gave the crew an opportunity to utilize its combat power. We want to be able to dominate and bring the lethality of the Navy where it is needed,” said Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Szakal, the ship’s combat systems officer.

 Fire Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Edwin Seeraj, from New York, left, mans the missile supervision system during a live fire exercise in the combat information center aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).
Fire Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Edwin Seeraj, from New York, left, mans the missile supervision system during a live fire exercise in the combat information center aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Santiago Navarro).

Throughout Surface Warfare Advanced Technical Training (SWATT) , Shiloh tested weapon systems such as the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), Mark 45 5-Inch Gun, and the Mark 38 25 mm machine gun in a series of live-fire exercises, some which were in tandem with the other ships during some of the evolutions. Shiloh’s participation in SWATT culminated in the firing of a standard missile to a drone in the ocean on the last day. The missile was primarily controlled from the ship’s combat information center. The outcome of SWATT was viewed as successful by the Ashigara, which was a first-time participant.

Throughout the last few years, the Shiloh has participated in various exercises in 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility such as Keen Sword 21 in 2020. In the summer of 2021, Shiloh’s operations shifted to 5th Fleet AOR for several months as part of Carrier Strike Group 5, which includes the CSG 5 flagship USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). During this period, Shiloh patrolled the Arabian Gulf and Arabian Sea in support of the U.S’s withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan. Shiloh is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

US Navy Cruiser USS Shiloh Concludes Surface Warfare Advanced Technical Training in Philippine Sea
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) fires a standard missile during a live-fire exercise in the Philippine Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Santiago Navarro)

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