OKINAWA, Japan – Rotational littoral combatant ships (LCS) to the Indo-Pacific continue to integrate with forces in the region as part of the Naval Expeditionary Force (NEF) and in support of the war coastal theater.

The independence-variant LCS USS Tulsa (LCS 16) hosted personnel from Navy Expeditionary Carrier Strike Group (ESG) 7, and U.S. Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and subordinate commands while in port from Naval Station White Beach, Okinawa, to familiarize the platform and explore integration methods for future operation.

“Events like these are beneficial to both the Navy and the Marine Corps to maximize the potential for naval integration and conduct maritime operations in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Lt. Col. Mike Chankij, ESG 7, force naval officer.

Tulsa organized visits to 104 Marines and two civilian commands across Okinawa, including the III MEF Information Group (MIG), the 12th Marine Regiment, the 5th Naval Air Gunnery Liaison Company (ANGLICO ), and the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. Rear Admiral Chris Engdahl, commander of ESG 7, visited Tulsa on his arrival and expressed his satisfaction with the way the ship has operated so far.

“It was the perfect time for an LCS to visit Okinawa. The integration of the Navy and Marine Corps, particularly in the development of theater amphibious warfare combat concepts, is evolving so rapidly that Tulsa has enabled planning teams to move from White Paper to Bay of mission in moments. This vessel and the teams supporting its missions continue to perform exceptionally well, ”said Engdahl.

The integration between the Blue and Green teams at the ship level, while exploring interoperability between Sailors and Marines aboard the LCS, shows the immense value and versatility that LCS brings to the NEF and the Strike Group. expeditionary. Improving mutual capacity, capacity and lethality is what LCS quickly did while forging new ways of operating in support of the vision of a shared engagement of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“The reception of Adm. Engdahl, his staff and the Marines aboard the Tulsa gave us the opportunity to discuss our different sets of missions, such as surface warfare, mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare, ”said Cmdr. Brandon Cornes, Commanding Officer of the Tulsa Blue Crew. “As we improve our mutual understanding, we learn how we can work for each other and with each other, to best improve blue-green interoperability. “

Assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the LCSs deployed by rotation are ready to serve as an intervention force. Whether transporting Marines, serving as advanced staging platforms, and conducting independent operations, integration between blue-green teams at the tactical level increases shared understanding of the mission.

DESRON 7 continues to explore and implement means of integrating LCS with the entire Joint Force and in support of the Coastal Warfare Commander in theater. At the beginning of June, near Guam, the sailors assigned to the working group 75.1 / Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 integrated with the crews and the Sea Hawk MH-60S helicopters of the Helicopter Combat Squadron at sea (HSC) 21, embarked on Tulsa and USS Charleston (LCS 18). Events focused on Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures (ExMCM) integration and training, to include the launch and recovery of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), rescue winches, pushbacks and rope fast.

Tulsa and Charleston are on their first deployments to the Indo-Pacific region. Rotational LCS deployments to the U.S. 7th Fleet provide operational commanders with a high adaptability to support allies and partners throughout the region; provide a persistent presence; and contribute to our shared commitment to maritime security, all in support of the commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

As a US Navy destroyer squadron deployed to Southeast Asia, DESRON 7 is the primary tactical and operational commander of the Coastal Combatant Ships rotated to Singapore, the commander of ESG 7 at sea, and establishes partnerships through training and military-to-military exercises. commitments.

ESG 7, comprised of Amphibious Squadron 11, DESRON 7, HSC-25, Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, Naval Beach Unit 7 and USS Blue Ridge (LLC 19), is the only amphibious force deployed to the forward of the Navy, and is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of ​​Responsibility to improve interoperability with allies and partners and is responsible for all expeditionary operations in the Indo-Pacific region.

Date taken: 06/18/2021
Date posted: 06/18.2021 03:20
Story ID: 399243
Location: OKINAWA, JP

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