Personnel in Japan and Hawaii are conducting a two-week exercise this month to test their ability to come together and regroup as a joint task force to manage emergencies in the region.
Terminal Fury 06 is a command post exercise — a simulation rather than training in the field — held both in Hawaii and aboard the USS Blue Ridge based at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.
The exercise tests the abilities of the Pacific Command and Joint Task Force 519, a group created several years ago to respond quickly to emergencies in the Pacific Command area of responsibility.
The task force is joint, meaning it includes all services. It is designed to be deployable aboard a ship and capable of command and control of Pacific and stateside assets in a war or natural disaster.
Terminal Fury will run for the first two weeks of December. Participants in Japan include the Navy, aboard the 7th Fleet flagship, the Blue Ridge, as well as members of U.S. Army Japan. USARJ’s commander, Maj. Gen. Elbert Perkins, is scheduled to participate.
In addition to aboard the Blue Ridge, participants are working at the Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet headquarters in Hawaii.
Other forces participating include augmentees from PACOM and Pacific Fleet; U.S. Army Pacific; Pacific Air Forces; Marine Corps Pacific; Special Operations Command Pacific; U.S. Joint Forces Command; the Joint Warfighting Center; U.S. Transportation Command; U.S. Strategic Command and other supporting organizations from the States, Lt. Cmdr. Jason Salata, a PACOM spokesman, wrote in a statement.
The key objectives of the exercise are “to exercise, evaluate, and improve joint coordination, procedures, plans, and systems necessary for conducting contingency operations on little or no notice,” he stated.