Joint Warrior Concludes; Sailors Prepared for Coalition Ops

USS STOUT, At sea – U.S. ships attached to Destroyer Squadron 24 successfully completed Joint Warrior 10-2 in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, Oct. 14.

Joint Warrior is a two-week multinational training exercise that takes place off the coast of Scotland. Led by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff in the U.K., it is designed to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare participating crews to conduct combined operations during deployment.

“Joint Warrior gives us a chance to practice and hone our skills while working with our NATO allies,” said Cmdr. Nathan Borchers, executive officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55).

Joint Warrior creates a notional geo-political scenario where conflict over human rights violations and piracy attacks lead to full-scale hostilities including simulated attacks from submarines, air craft and small boats.

“When you bring all the warfare areas together, you really see how you can handle all the different things a ship might have to attest to,” said Borchers.

Throughout the exercise, Sailors honed skills in anti-submarine warfare, mine warfare, air defense, defending small boat attacks and anti-piracy tactics.

“Stout has achieved a lot in Joint Warrior,” said Chief Intelligence Specialist Jaymore Ingram, intelligence officer aboard Stout. “It has really brought our unit closer together, which reflects our training.”

With Joint Warrior 10-2 complete, the fictional adversaries defeated and all essential training accomplished, the U.S. ships are now certified to deploy. Sailors will also get the chance to enjoy some exclusive port visits before the return voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) and USS Nitze (DDG 49) will experience a port visit in Faslane, Scotland, while Stout heads for Den Helder, Netherlands.

The U.S. ships participating in Joint Warrior 10-2 included Bainbridge, Nitze, Stout and Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), led by Destroyer Squadron 24, commanded by Capt. Aaron C. Jacobs. The coalition forces included sea, land and air assets from Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K. and NATO.

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