U.S. Navy-equipped P-8A Antisubmarine Patrol Aircraft
[Global Times Comprehensive Report] The U.S. and Australian forces are currently conducting the Hailong exercise in 2019. According to the US Navy Times on the 20th, the annual exercise to exercise anti-submarine warfare capability was held at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam this year.
It is reported that the exercise began on 14 January and ended on 25 January. The US military dispatched four P-8A anti-submarine aircraft, and the Australian Air Force dispatched one P-8A anti-submarine aircraft for operational exercises. They will be supported by the Joint Mobile Tactical Operations Center during the exercises. Hailong exercises focus on the ability to strike the target in a coordinated manner. The US-Australian anti-submarine aircraft will be drilled against actual and simulated targets, including the Los Angeles class nuclear power attack submarine.
Colonel Eriksson, who is in charge of the exercise, said that in addition to anti-submarine training, the U.S. and Australian military also had the opportunity to enhance combat lethality. According to a press release from the 7th Fleet, the Hailong exercise was designed to demonstrate that the United States and its partners were ready to ensure freedom of navigation and commercial mobility permitted by international law. Eriksson also said that in future Hailong exercises, participating countries will cover other allies and partners of the United States. (Duty)
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