02 June 22. US-led RIMPAC exercise 2022 to see participation from 26 nations. The exercise will be conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Around 25,000 personnel from across 26 nations are set to participate in the US-led biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2022.
First conducted in 1971, RIMPAC 2022 will be the 28th iteration of the multinational maritime exercise.
The exercise will be conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California region from 29 June to 4 August.
This year, the multinational maritime exercise will involve participation of nearly 38 surface ships, four submarines, over 170 aircraft and nine national land forces.
The iteration will see participation of forces from 26 nations including the US, Australia, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, France, India, Chile, Ecuador, Indonesia, Denmark, Tonga, Israel, Colombia, Japan, Brunei, Malaysia, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Th exercise will be hosted by Commander, the US Pacific Fleet and will be led by Commander, the US Third Fleet. The two will serve as Combined Task Force (CTF) commander.
The theme of RIMPAC 2022 is ‘capable, adaptive, partners.’
RIMPAC exercise aims to provide training opportunity to the participants for sustaining and fostering the relationships critical for the safety and security of sea lanes and interconnected oceans.
The participating forces will carry out a variety of missions including disaster relief, sea control, maritime security operations and other complex warfighting.
Additionally, RIMPAC will involve realistic training programmes such as mine clearance operations, amphibious operations, gunnery, anti-submarine and air defence exercises, counter-piracy operations, diving and salvage operations and explosive ordnance disposal.
RIMPAC 2022 will involve a network of e partners training together to strengthen the collective forces and promote an open and free Indo-Pacific region. (Source: naval-technology.com)
01 June 22. DESRON 15 and JMSDF conduct bilateral maritime training.
The training exercise aims to strengthen US-Japan alliance and maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The US Navy’s Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 has conducted a three-day bilateral training exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF).
The exercise was conducted between 24 and 26 May, during the 2022 deployment of the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG 5).
The objective of the training exercise was to improve interoperability and surface operations while supporting the CSG 5 to qualify as the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5.
DESRON 15 deputy commodore and embarked sea combat commander captain Walt Mainor said: “The integration of Teruzuki into the strike group demonstrates our interoperability with our regional ally.
“The synchronisation we continue to develop allows us to conduct various trainings and bilateral exercises improving leadership at all levels, including individual proficiency, and sharpens command and control skills while challenging participants to adapt to changing conditions.”
Together, DESRON 15 and JS Teruzuki personnel carried out a wide range of training drills, including expendable mobile anti-submarine warfare training target (EMATT), visit board search and seizure (VBSS) and other electronic warfare exercises.
The US Navy and JMSDF alliance aims to advance joint operations and enhance security in the Indo-Pacific region.
DESRON 15 is the US Navy’s largest forward-deployed destroyer squadron and the principal force of the US Seventh Fleet.
The US Seventh Fleet allows the US Navy to operate in the Indo-Pacific region, with the help of 35 other maritime-nation allies and partners, to maintain peace and prevent conflict. (Source: naval-technology.com)
01 June 22. USAF and RNLAF fighters conduct air operations in Black Sea region. The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability between the participating forces to undertake future missions. The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed its F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighters to undertake air operations together with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF).
The deployment is aimed at supporting Nato’s vigilance activities in the Black Sea region.
The USAF’s fighter jets, which were deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base (AB) in Germany, flew on a long-range mission to Bulgaria on the eastern flank to support the vigilance activities.
In the eastern flank region, the USAF’s fighter jets were then linked with the Bulgarian Air Force and the RNLAF’s F-35 aircraft.
The RNLAF F-35 aircraft is based in Bulgaria as part of the Nato’s enhanced Air policing mission.
The USAF’s F-35 jets landed at Graf Ignatievo AB in Bulgaria to increase their endurance and range in the Black Sea region.
Nato’s Headquarters Allied Air Command at Ramstein Air Base in Germany deputy chief of staff operations brigadier general Christoph Pliet said: “The ability to leverage the advanced capabilities provided by Allied 5th generation aircraft is key to enhancing Nato’s situational awareness and strengthening our defensive posture in this important region.
“Alliance aircraft routinely operate together in the Black Sea region in order to hone communication skills and enhance interoperability for future missions.”
The fifth-generation fighter aircraft from both the nations carried out the air operations within the Bulgarian airspace.
The routinely activities and operations have been conducted to exercise the freedom of navigation and overflight to enhance Nato and allied nations’ collective defence.
Additionally, the activities aim to secure the airspace of the Nato’s member nations in the region.
Recently, the US Vermont Air National Guard’s (ANG) F-35 jets were also deployed to conduct enhanced air policing mission in Nato’s eastern flank. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
31 May 22. Slovenia-hosted JTAC exercise Adriatic Strike 2022 begins.
Participants from 25 Nato Allied and partner nations have commenced the live-fly Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) exercise, Adriatic Strike 2022. The exercise is being hosted by the Republic of Slovenia for the tenth consecutive time. Adriatic Strike 2022 began on 29 May and will conclude on 3 June.
In this year’s iteration, the Slovenian Armed Forces is hosting nearly 650 participants from 25 allied nations.
Additionally, the exercise involves the participation of a variety of aircraft, including helicopters, fighters and uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The participating aircraft will undergo realistic and complex JTAC training during the exercise.
Adriatic Strike 2022 will be overseen by the Slovenian Air Force’s 15th Regiment.
As part of the exercise, the helicopter crews, UAVs, certified joint fire controllers, special forces, joint fire planners and division commanders will come together to train during a final continuous 72-hour mobile training event.
Slovenian Air Force 15th Wing commander colonel Janez Gaube said: “I am proud and honoured that Slovenia and the Slovenian Armed Forces host the multinational exercise Adriatic Strike 2022 for the tenth time.
“In these past years, the exercise has grown in the number of participating countries and air force capabilities, which support multinational JTAC training.
“The teams on the ground and crews in the air work hand in hand focusing on a common goal.”
The combined air-land training is a crucial part of Nato’s defensive and deterrent posture.
The multinational live-fly training event, Adriatic Strike, has continuously supported the JTAC training for a decade.
The exercise ensures that the participants perform all the mandatory live aircraft controls every year.
Furthermore, the live training conducted with different platforms and operators allows both aircrew and JTACs to maintain their readiness and improve air-land cooperation. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
27 May 22. RAF Typhoons from Romania participate in Nato exercise.
The RAF Typhoons are currently deployed in Romania as part of Operation BILOXI. The UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Typhoon jets deployed in Romania have flown to North Macedonia to participate in Nato’s major exercise Swift Response. The RAF’s Typhoons were deployed in Romania as part of Operation BILOXI. The RAF No. 3 Fighter Squadron’s Typhoon fighter jets are based at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base (AB) in Romania, as part of the 140 Expeditionary Air Wing.
These jets and the Romanian Air Force took part in enhanced air policing and vigilance activities on behalf of Nato.
Apart from the Typhoon fighter jets, more than 40 other aircraft participated in the exercises over the Krivolak training area in North Macedonia.
As part of the exercise, the RAF’s Typhoons carried out a simulated strike coordination and reconnaissance sortie. Two AH-64 Apache aircraft from the British Army’s Aviation Task Force 1 joined the jets for Close Air Support training.
RAF Typhoon pilot flight lieutenant Travers said: “Conducting coordinated strikes between Typhoon and Apache proved to be excellent training and helped to develop understanding on both sides of the utility of two very different aircraft, and their capabilities.”
The exercise commenced when a team of British Army Pathfinders conducted a high-altitude low-opening parachute jump from a C-17 Globemaster transport tactical aircraft.
Following the successful landing of the Pathfinders, other airborne forces also landed to occupy ground positions for the defensive operation.
During the defensive operations, the Typhoon fighter jets arrived to take part in the exercise. Other deployed aircraft from the RAF include C-130J Hercules and Chinook helicopters. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
30 May 22. PAF concludes nine-day gunnery competition in Tarlac, Philippines. The PAF’s AW-109AH, FA-50PH, SF-260TP, A-29B Super Tucano and other aircraft participated in the event. The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has concluded the nine-day gunnery competition at the Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base in Capas, Tarlac, the Philippines.
The competition was conducted between 16 and 24 May.
The event was organised to evaluate the skills and precision of the PAF’s strike, monitoring and detection assets.
The exercises in the competition were formally known as SANAY-TUDLA II and SIMEX III in the PAF and military circles.
PAF spokesperson colonel Maynard Mariano said that the competition witnessed the participation of various PAF assets, reported the Philippines News Agency.
The assets included air defence, search-and-rescue systems, surface strike-capable and command, control, communications, computers, information/intelligence, surveillance, targeting acquisition and reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) assets.
According to Mariano, the assets were divided into two teams, supported by PAF units corresponding to main systems as part of the Integrated Air Operation System.
Mariano said: “During the conduct of the exercises, the PAF utilised its air assets such as the FA-50PH of the 5th Fighter Wing; the AW-109AH, SF-260TP, T-129, and A-29B Super Tucano of 15th Strike Wing; Bell-412 helicopters from the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing; unmanned aerial vehicles from the 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing; the S-76(i) and W-3A Sokol helicopters from the 505th Search-and-Rescue Group; and radars from the 580th Aircraft Control-and-Warning Wing.
“Combat air controllers of the 710th Special Operations Wing and direct air support forward teams were also the key players in the success of the activity.”
The competition was streamed live at different military command-and-control facilities, including PAF Control Centre, Air Force Command Centre and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Command Operations Centre. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
28 May 22. Exercise SIIL 2022 is being conducted across Estonia with action on the island of Saaremaa, in the southern region, and on Keskpolügoon CTA, reports Carl Schulze.
The SIIL (HEDGEHOG) series of exercises is the largest held by the Eesti Kaitsevägi (Estonian Defence Forces). Conducted every three, or four, years SIIL aims to test both the combat readiness of the EDF and their ability to respond to different threat scenarios in an international framework. The 2022 iteration of Exercise SIIL 2022 is scheduled to take place between the 16th of May and 3rd of June.
In total some 15,000 troops are participating in SIIL 2022. This number includes troops of the Estonian Army, Air Force, Navy, Defence League, Cyber Command, Support Command and Special Operations Command, as well as 4,200 troops from ten NATO allies and Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations. Of the participating Estonian troops 2,000 are Active Duty personnel, 2,500 are Conscripts and 7,100 are Reservists or volunteers from the Estonian Defence League. The Allied troops involved primarily originate from Denmark, France, Finland, Latvia, the United Kingdom and the United States. They include, among other formations, the British-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Group Estonia (BG EST) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) of the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
Exercise SIIL 2022 is being conducted all over Estonia, with the main action taking place on the island of Saaremaa, in the southern region between and north of the Varga/Võru axis, and on the Keskpolügoon (Central Training Area) of the Estonian Defence Forces. The manoeuvres are mainly divided into three phases:-
- Phase I, from the 16th to the 22nd May 2022 initially saw the troops forming up and Reservists reporting to their units. It also saw units then deploying to their operational area and conducting integration training, as well as preparation work for the upcoming combat phase; for example the building of defensive positions.
- Phase II takes part between the 23rd and 26th May 2022 and is the field training part of the exercise, conducted as force-on-force training with the major training audience being Estonia’s 2. Jalaväebrigaad or 2nd Light Infantry Brigade.
- Phase III will be conducted between the 27th of May and the 3rd of June 2022 and will see some of the exercise troops conducting live fire training at the Keskpolügoon or Central Training Area of the Estonian Defence Forces. The end of this phase will also sees the troops conducting their redeployment procedures.
Directly after covering Exercise IRON WOLF 2022-I in Lithuania, your reporter relocated to Saaremaa Island off the west coast of Estonia to cover the initial landing by US Marines from the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Group and the 22nd MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) before linking up with eFP BG EST in the south. (Source: www.joint-forces.com)
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