US carrier strike group hold air defense exercise in PHL Sea

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) have conducted an air defense exercise (ADEX) while underway in Philippine Sea on July 6 and 7.

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According the US Navy, the ADEX was organized and planned by Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 staff and crew members aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the Air Defense Commander for the Ronald Reagan Strike Group.

“During the ADEX, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Milius and CVW-5 worked together to train in warfare areas such as identifying aircraft, command and control, fires de-confliction and creating a common tactical picture with fused intelligence data,” the US Navy said.

ADEX aggregates forces and build proficiency at complex task requirements with in depth cooperation across the strike group.

“Conducting force air defense effectively requires us to train together to defeat the threats that exist in today’s complex environment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Watkins, Antietam’s executive officer. “We push each other to operate at higher levels by taking advantage of each unit’s strengths in live scenarios. Training in such a way improves the overall air defense of the strike group.”

USS Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, is providing a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of US and its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, the US Navy said.

USS Ronald Reagan with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) visited Manila last month.