By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Codie L. Soule
| Commander Task Force 70 Public Affairs | March 22, 2019
190314-N-WK982-2032 PHILIPPINE SEA (March 14, 2019) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) maneuver while operating in the Philippine Sea. U.S. Navy warships train together to increase the tactical proficiency, lethality, and interoperability of participating units in an Era of Great Power Competition. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Harris/Released) (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Harris)
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – For more than 45 years, the U.S. 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) in Japan has included the most advanced warships in the U.S. Navy. This month, for the first time, those FDNF ships received the most advanced tactical training to prepare to win in blue water combat.
Three guided missile destroyers, a guided missile cruiser, and two amphibious ships of the FDNF completed Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training March 18, while operating in the Philippine Sea.
“This advanced tactical training is the most demanding we’ve had to date for the 7th Fleet Amphibious Force.” said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet. “We are a more-ready force because of this training and more importantly, we are a more lethal force as a result of this successful exercise.”
The Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) facilitated the advanced level training to increase the tactical proficiency, lethality, and interoperability of cruisers, destroyers and amphibious ships assigned to the U.S. Seventh Fleet.
The warships conducted several training