Philippines, US Accomplice in Maritime Cooperative Exercise in South China Sea > United States Navy > News Tales

Taking part ships included Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), embarked with a MH-60S Sea Hawk from Helicopter Sea Fight Squadron (HSC) 23 from the U.S.; and the Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) and AW109 Helicopter (NH434).

The MCA shows the enduring partnership between the 2 militaries and advances mixed capabilities within the evolving maritime area via routine goodwill actions at sea.

In the course of the exercise, the allied forces sailed collectively and took part in superior planning and maritime communication operations to boost interoperability.

“We welcome any alternative to conduct maritime actions with our allies. Crusing and working collectively demonstrates our dedication to enhancing our interoperability and continued coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” stated Capt. Sean Lewis, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 commodore.

The U.S. Navy often conducts occasions to strengthen ties amongst allied and companion nations. MCA enhances mixed readiness and capabilities in assist of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Gabrielle Giffords is on a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific, conducting operations, workout routines and port visits all through the area and dealing hull-to-hull with allied and companion navies to supply maritime safety and stability, key pillars of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

DESRON 7 serves as the first tactical and operational commander of littoral fight ships rotationally deployed to Singapore, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7’s Sea Fight Commander and builds partnerships via coaching workout routines and military-to-military engagements.

U.S. seventh Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet and routinely interacts and operates with allies and companions in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific area.