October 31, 2020

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USS Antietam conducts Tomahawk strike physical exercise around Guam

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Sept. 21 (UPI) — U.S. military services forces in the Valiant Protect 2020 exercise in the Pacific Ocean provided a simulated Tomahawk cruise missile assault by the USS Antietam, the U.S. Navy said on Monday.

The guided-missile cruiser, element of the strike team led by the plane carrier USS Ronald Reagan, successfully targeted land on the uninhabited Farallon de Medinilla vary off the coastline of Guam on Sunday.

The exercise demonstrated the ship’s ability to “monitor, concentrate on, and interact threats to protect peace and balance in the Indo-Pacific, the Navy explained in a assertion.

“The TLAM [Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile] physical exercise, as component of the all round Valiant Shield 20 scenario, offers the whole Ronald Reagan Strike Team the chance to work out vital war battling techniques,” reported Capt. Russell Caldwell, commander of the USS Antietam.

The work out, Caldwell claimed, “aids the warfighter refine their tactical talents to respond to a whole variety of navy reaction alternatives that are obtainable in defense of our shared interests in the Asia Pacific region.”

The 12-day biennial exercising of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command started out Sept. 14 in Guam and at the Mariana Islands Range Elaborate, running by Sept. 25. Roughly 100 plane and about 11,000 personnel of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines are included in education integration in a “blue water natural environment.”

On Saturday, a further Valiant Protect physical exercise sank the decommissioned frigate USS Curtis in a sequence of reside ordnance and missiles fired from planes, cruisers and a submarine.

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