SOUTH CHINA SEA — Through dynamic changes in 2020, the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet continues to operate at sea, enabling their two forward-deployed destroyer squadrons (DESRON) to practice advanced tactics and procedures in surface and anti-submarine warfare.
DESRON 7 staff embarked USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to train alongside the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON, DESRON 15, during exercise Valiant Shield 2020.
With the goal of practicing operations in a tactical environment, DESRON 7 staff immersed with DESRON 15 watchstanders for a portion of Ronald Reagan’s patrol and during exercise Valiant Shield. Staff exchanges included discussion on watchstanding principles, air operations and planning, anti-submarine warfare, and Sea Combat Commander (SCC) best practices.
“As one of two forward deployed DESRONs in the Indo-Pacific, DESRON 7 looks for all opportunities to develop and hone our warfighting skills,” said Capt. Tom Ogden, Deputy Commodore,…
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