US, ROK Navy Strengthen Alliance

MarineLink.com
Monday, February 24, 2014
ROKN Commander Maritime Task Flotilla 7 Rear Adm. Kim Jongil, right, receives a brief inside an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Lt. Cmdr. Greg Nery assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 (U.S. Navy photo by Kegan E. Kay)

By Paolo Bayas

Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70; Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15; and Republic of Korea navy (ROKN) Maritime Task Flotilla (MTF) 7 held a Composite Warfare Committee (CWC) to improve combined warfighting skills and strengthen the U.S. and ROKN alliance, Feb. 17-20.

Air defense, ballistic missile defense, antisubmarine warfare (ASW), surface warfare, tactical data links, and communications were discussed during the summit exploring the integration of ROKN's Maritime Task Squadron (MTS) 71 and MTS 72 ships with the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed strike group.

"We conduct these conferences to build the interoperability and ensure a high level of operational and tactical symmetry between the ROK and U.S. naval forces," said Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet. "This conference gives us specific warfare areas to focus on, create a list of action items so that we can assess the success of our interoperability, and allows us to best coordinate our resources to maximize our effectiveness."

These conferences have been traditionally held annually for the past 15 years; however, conferences will now be held biannually due to their success.

"ROKN capabilities have increased significantly over the last five years," said Montgomery. "They now have KDXIII Aegis destroyers, KDXII surface combatants, an expanded submarine force, and an increased maritime patrol and helicopter force. With the new capacities that ROKN can support and the increasing capabilities of CTF 70, we have an opportunity for a much better planning construct."

Rear Adm. Kim Jongil, commander, MTF 7, said that the conferences have played an essential role in enhancing ROK-US combined operability, and further promote the friendship and partnership between the two navies.

"Rear Adm. Montgomery's enthusiasm and excellent leadership allowed us to come to an agreement to carry out substantial action items," said Kim. "I am confident that the ROKN will be able to greatly improve the ability to respond to threats. I would like to, on behalf of ROKN, express my sincere gratitude to Rear Adm. Montgomery and his staff for preparing CWC and vigorously engaging in the discussion."

According to Capt. Paul Lyons, commodore, DESRON 15, the CWC talks are a big step forward for everyone in CTF 70 and especially for DESRON 15.

"Having our counterparts out here is vital to making sure we have the tactical level execution right," said Lyons. "This was significant because we had our inaugural CWC ASW syndicate, where DESRON 15 and MTS 72 can come together and bridge our understanding of ASW tactics, techniques, procedures and doctrine so when we go out to sea we can execute with a lockstep fashion. I'm glad the ROK can come out to Japan and have the talks here together. It's another step forward."

navy.mil
 

Maritime Reporter October 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Maritime Security

High Seas Becoming Less Secure

Despite the significant reduction in piracy attacks over the last few years it is now widely accepted by the maritime community that the safety of the High Seas

Subsea Defense & the Changing Paradigm of Submarine Programs

Technology and dynamic mission profiles have driven change in the defense industry, Hydro Group Plc Managing Director Doug Whyte, explores the changing paradigm of submarine programs,

Bollinger Delivers 11th FRC to the US Coast Guard

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the William Trump, the 11th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.   The announcement was made by Bollinger Chief Operating Officer,

News

USCG Medevacs Man From Sailboat off NC Coast

The Coast Guard medevaced an injured 62-year-old man from his sailboat Thursday approximately 100 miles east of Kill Devil Hills. Watchstanders at the Fifth

Findland Fairway Due Law

Based on the Finland Ministry of Transport and Communication’s maritime strategy, the Finnish parliament has announced a final and lawful decision on the new

ESSA's Fleet Upgradation Environmental Driven

State-controlled Exportadora de Sal SA de CV of Mexico ("ESSA"), one of the world’s largest salt exporters with a 10-million-ton annual production, has strengthened

Eye on the Navy

NAVCENT Commander Recognizes Journey of Hope Sailors

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, Vice Adm. John. W. Miller, recognized the accomplishments of three special-needs sailors from the Kuwaiti ship,

Rolls-Royce Wins US Marine Corps Contract

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a new, two-year contract to provide aftermarket engine support for the US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 fleets, which provides

US Navy Evaluating SEWIP for LCS

The U.S. Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships (LCS),

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2918 sec (3 req/sec)