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Sea Dragon: US, Australia practice anti-submarine warfare on Guam

Aircrewman 1st Class Mike Burnett, right, and crewmembers of Patrol Squadron 47 on a flight over the East China Sea on Jan. 7, 2019. The squadron is taking part over the next 10 days in Exercise Sea Dragon from Guam.

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By CHRISTIAN LOPEZ | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 14, 2019

Units from the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force gathered in Guam to begin honing anti-submarine warfare skills in a multi-national exercise.

Exercise Sea Dragon is a joint anti-submarine warfare exercise conducted from Andersen Air Force Base.

Navy Patrol Squadrons 47 and 16 and Submarine Squadron 15 are taking part in the 11-day exercise, according to a Navy statement issued Sunday.

Exercise Sea Dragon enhances maritime patrol relationships in the western Pacific and builds proficiency in anti-submarine warfare, Capt. Brian Erickson, Task Force 72 commander, said in the statement

Task Force 72 oversees patrol, reconnaissance and surveillance forces in support of the 7th Fleet.

Both U.S. and Australian units will put sub-hunting P-8A Poseidon aircraft to work tracking live and simulated targets during the exercise.

“Being a multi-national exercise, our goal is to work closely with our Pacific allies and to continue to foster relationships in the region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Korhan Orgun, the VP-47 officer-in-charge during the exercise in the Navy statement. “We’ll do this through (anti-submarine warfare) events and learning to work together more efficiently.”

Exercise Sea Dragon demonstrates the U.S. and its Pacific allies’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, according to the statement.

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