Sailors meet aboard the USS Antietam to discuss an operation during the Pacific Vanguard drill near Guam, Friday, May 24, 2019. CAITLIN DOORNBOS/STARS AND STRIPES
Sailors meet aboard the USS Antietam to discuss an operation during the Pacific Vanguard drill near Guam, Friday, May 24, 2019. CAITLIN DOORNBOS/STARS AND STRIPES

Navy kicks off its latest multinational exercise in the Western Pacific

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

ABOARD THE USS ANTIETAM — Ships from four partner nations maneuvered around each other in waters near Guam Friday morning, working together on a common goal: Find the submarine.

Helicopters flew ahead of the ships, which kept their distance from the imagined submarine, just as they would in actual combat, said Capt. George Kessler, commander of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam. Once they found the sub, the helicopters then “prosecuted” — or fired at — the hypothetical target.

The submarine hunt was one portion of the inaugural, six-day Pacific Vanguard exercise involving naval vessels from the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

Although armed forces from the four nations have previously exercised together in some combination, the Navy described Pacific Vanguard as a “first of its kind event” in a statement issued Wednesday.

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