Navy Pivots Training to Match Pacific Transition

Navy Pivots Training to Match Pacific Transition

The U.S. Navy’s multi-national exercises in the Pacific theater are growing in size and taking on new dimensions due to the U.S. military’s overall strategic re-balance or “pivot” to the region, service officials explained.

Although many of the multi-national exercises currently underway have been growing in recent years, the U.S. military’s strategic focus on the area is having a profound impact upon training activities there, Navy officials acknowledge.

The Navy’s Pacific pivot means that the service will base as much as 60-percent of its fleet in the region, work to strengthen ties with regional partners and place up to four Littoral Combat Ship vessels on rotational deployments through Singapore.

The ongoing Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT, exercise, now in its 19th year, has been steadily growing larger over the years and taking on a broader scope of activities. CARAT is a nine-country series of bilateral exercises between the U.S. and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and East Timor, Navy officials said.

The exercise is designed to enhance maritime security skills and interoperability among participating forces through a series of joint exercises which include communications activities, aircraft monitoring drills and visit, board, search and seizure drills, among other things.

In particular, the presence of the LCS allows for joint collaborative activities in shallow water previously not possible in these kinds of exercises.  The recently-completed CARAT Malaysia marked the LCS’ first time participating in this series of bilateral naval exercises, Navy officials indicated.

CARAT Malaysia included the USS Freedom, an LCS, as well as the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga, and the rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard, said Lt. Anthony Falvo, spokesman, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

“The Pacific re-balance is allowing us to do things we have not been able to do in the past. Some of our allies were looking for something a little more compatible with what they had. The LCS allows us to better train and adapt to our partner navies who have been operating smaller, shallow-draft platforms for years,” said Falvo.

Unlike the deep draft known to accompany some of the U.S. Navy’s larger ships, the LCS can more readily and easily interoperate in shallow water with ships from allied navies such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and others, Falvo explained.

“The LCS is opening a whole new world for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, as it allows the U.S. Navy access to ports and waters that have been hard for us to access previously due to deep-draft platforms and ships. With her shallow draft, the LCS platform allows us the ability to engage potential shore-based threats from as little as 13 feet of water,” Falvo added.

The CARAT drills, happening now with the Philippine Navy and the USS Fitzgerald along with some other ships, also help the U.S. establish and refine operations with partner nations. Being able to operate and address threats close to shore — in close coordination with regional allies – is a key part of the Navy’s pacific re-balance or emphasis.

The Pacific fleet is also participating in its 8th annual so-called Pacific Partnership humanitarian exercise, a multi-national disaster relief exercise designed to increase capabilities in the region for countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and East Timor, among others.

Pacific Partnership has also grown in scope and size. The exercise included eight partner nations and eight NGOs in 2006, and last year’s mission included 13 partner nations, 28 NGOs, four U.S. agencies and a joint effort across the Department of Defense, Falvo said.

Also, Pacific Partnership 2013 will be the first mission where our partner nations lead individual phases, he explained.

“Australia will lead in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand will lead in both Kiribati and Solomon Islands, while the United States leads in Samoa, Tonga, and the Marshall Islands. Sharing of lead responsibilities and logistical resourcing among partner nations will keep this mission sustainable in light of future fiscal challenges,” he added.

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Who would take LCS into 13 feet of water to engage shore targets?

I feel like we would use smaller, teethier small boats if we really wanted to get close to the beach.

I could see it operating with a collection of smaller patrol boats. A LSD like the USS Tortuga (mentioned above) could bring in 8 new MK VI Patrol Boats in her well deck. A small task force like the one they bring up in the article , a DDG, LSD and LCS could serve to compliment each.

Didn’t hear about the Mk VI, so I’ll repost in case it isn’t common knowledge.

The MK VI PB is the Navy’s next generation Patrol Boat and will become a part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s (NECC) fleet of combatant craft. NECC will utilize the MK VI PB to provide operational commanders a capability to persistently patrol shallow littoral areas beyond sheltered harbors and bays, and into less sheltered open water out to the Departure Sea Area (DSA) for the purpose of force protection of friendly and coalition forces and critical infrastructure.

The 78-foot MK VI PB is a variant of SBI’s versatile 780 Archangel class patrol boat and has a hull optimized for performance, fuel economy, and firepower. Systems are designed to reduce Total Ownership Cost (TOC), minimize manpower and improve reliability and maintainability. Powered by twin diesel engines and waterjets, the MK VI PB is capable of speeds in excess 30 knots at full load and can be armed with a variety of crew served and remotely operated weapons systems up to 25mm. She has a range in excess of 600 nautical miles and the ability to burn both marine grade diesel fuel and JP-5. Berthing accommodations, galley and head/shower facilities allow for extended missions.

“LCS is opening a whole new world”…

It broke down twice on its initial deployment. So the new world is being a sitting duck and a logistical liability?

Or is it the whole new world of having a 5KM weapon for surface warfare?

Either way we should be running back to the old world as quickly as we can!

As long as the President has the enemy China in these war games im fine with that.

“access to ports and waters that have been hard for us to access previously due to deep-draft platforms ”

Translated from Navy doublespeack mean “we have more ports to tie the pier queen up to”

“allows us the ability to engage potential shore-based threats from as little as 13 feet of water,” Falvo added.

Translated from Navy doublespeak “we know the LCS is worthless so that why we’re making up this new need to be in 13 feet of water engaging rebel surfers on our beach”

“The LCS is opening a whole new world for the U.S. Pacific Fleet,”

Translated from Navy doublespeadk mean “a whole new world of incompetence”

“Lt. Anthony Falvo, spokesman, U.S. Pacific Fleet”

Translated from Navy doublespeak mean, I“m like Obama’s press secretary, my job is to lie lie lie and lie some more.

I Heard Yesterday on the Philippine News Network TGC theat the U.S.and the Philippine Government are in Negotiations on The Possibility of reopening Subic Bay but not under the Command of the u.S.Navy but remaining under the Command ofthe Philippine Government .I also know that the Mark V1 P.B is a very Capable craft .Ideal for inshore operations.If we had it in Vietnam MM MM

“Navy Pivots Training to Match Pacific Transition”

Given how fast the USN’s combat capabilities are deteriorating, and how fast those of the Chinese navy are increasing, you have to figure that the new “Pacific Transition” training is mostly about damage control and lifeboat survival.

Why exactly do we have to pivot to anything? We hung out in the mid east for a couple decades, got virtually no oil contracts to show for it, and now we are moving it all towards the Pacific, for what reason?

We’re going to sit our fleets off the coast of one of our largest trading partners. Really?!

I don’t think you’ve been keeping up with the times.

The Navy would NEVER take it into 13 feet of water because they could scatch one ship, just like on the Philippine reef! We’ll see if Hagel and company are smart enough to kill off this stupid idea as part of his SCMR review. If the Navy really wanted to test it, they’d send it to the Caribbean to see if it survives drug runner cigar boat attacks! Plus, a good old-fashioned German commerce raider would do in one of these silly little ships. If the Chinese want a cost-effective solution, they’d arm their merchant ships with a hidden 5-inch deck and a quad-pack of short-range antiship missiles. They LCS would have zero probability of survival.

Meant to say: hidden 5-inch deck gun

they are f insane

I hope we don’t get to cozy with the PI. We left Subic and Clark for $$$$ reason. They were bleeding to death.
It was poetic when the Volcano blew and pretty near axed both bases.

I’m waiting on my transfer there! :)

More wasted $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ f insanity—what about Detroit?


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