Guam, 2 February 2024 (TDI): The multilateral Sea Dragon exercise 2024 on January 24, saw the US join forces with four key allied partners: Australia, Japan, India, and Korea.
In a written statement, the US Asia Pacific Media Hub declared that the exercise aims to improve anti-submarine warfare tactics in response to shared maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.
Sea Dragon Exercise 2024
The multilateral Sea Dragon Exercise 2024 aims to enhance anti-submarine warfare (ASW) tactics in response to shared traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges. Moreover, the exercise has brought forth Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) communities together.
Additionally, it includes the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the Indian Navy (IN), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), and the United States Navy.
Furthermore, the two-week exercise, starting on January 9, demonstrated success in integration between allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. The joint training exercises help for growth as a dynamic team. They deter those who challenge the goal of a free and open region.
The Japanese Self-Defense won this year’s Sea Dragon Championship Belt. It highlighted the high scores in simulated torpedo deployment speed and accuracy. The IN, RAAF, and JMSDF were additionally awarded prizes for notable performances.
The crews engaged in identifying, tracking, and targeting both simulated and live submarine targets. These were culminating in a 24-hour continuous monitoring activity.
Also, aircrews coordinated ASW evolutions against simulated and practice targets. The US 7th Fleet is the US Navy’s largest forward deployed number fleet. It routinely interacts and operates with its allied partners. In addition, it preserves for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Lastly, the the No.9 Sqn RAAF expects to receive the first Australian MQ-4C Triton later this year. It will be operated alongside P-8A’s of No.11 Squadron in maritime patrol.