VP-10 conducts ANNUALEX 2019 with Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces

VP-10 conducts ANNUALEX 2019 with Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces

by Lt.j.g. Samantha Michel
Patrol Squadron (VP) 10

MISAWA, Japan (NNS) - The “Red Lancers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 worked alongside the “Pelicans” of VP-45 in the annual bilateral training exercise, (ANNUALEX), from November 11th to November 21st.

This yearly exercise was coordinated between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in an effort to improve bilateral interoperability. The goal of ANNUALEX 2019 was to enhance the defensive readiness of cooperative forces.

Other units involved in the exercise included the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. Combining units from four different countries created a unique opportunity to train and execute in the Sea of Japan. ANNUALEX was an impressive communications exercise that reinforced combined operations in the dynamic 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).

According to Lt Jennifer Baatstad, tactical coordinator of Combat Air Crew (CAC) 9, “this event gave me the incredible opportunity to participate in a large scale naval exercise. I was able to showcase the interoperability capabilities of the P-8A Poseidon, while also continuing to strengthen relationships with our global partners in the region.”

VP-10 conducted three different mission flights throughout the duration of the exercise. The “Red Lancers” were able to experience first-hand the unparalleled capabilities of multinational operations at sea and in the air.

“Being able to participate in ANNUALEX provided our crew with a valuable opportunity to strengthen the ability to coordinate with multiple different platforms. This afforded us the chance to exercise skills and tactics we normally are not able to experience,” said Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Tyler Oldaker, member of CAC-9.

The Red Lancers, based in Jacksonville, Florida, are operating out of Misawa, Japan conducting maritime patrol and reconnaissance and theater security cooperation operations across the Indo-Pacific in support of Commander, Task Force 72 (CTF-72), Commander, 7th Fleet (C7F) and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command objectives throughout the region.

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