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Australia, Canada, Japan, U.S. Navies Partner in Multilateral Exercise in Philippine Sea

11 November 2023

From USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

Naval forces from Australia, Canada, Japan, and the U.S. have joined together to conduct multilateral exercise Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023 in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 11, 2023.

231110-N-TD381-1394 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1394 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1394 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
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231110-N-TD381-1394 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
Photo By: Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl
VIRIN: 231110-N-TD381-1394


Throughout the exercise, the four international navies, including the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and U.S. Navy, will engage in various events comprising of enhanced maritime communication tactics, anti-submarine warfare operations, air warfare operations, and replenishments-at-sea, among others.

“As maritime security threats including attempts to change the status quo by force are increasing, cooperation among navies is critical to the stability of the Indo-Pacific region and the peace and security of the world,’’ said Vice Adm. SAITO Akira, Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet, JMSDF. “The Self Defense Fleet will continue working closely with the U.S. Seventh Fleet and the armed forces of like-minded countries such as Australia, Canada, and the Philippines in order to defend Japan, ensure regional peace and stability, and realize a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.’’

ANNUALEX is a biannual naval training event led by JMSDF. Invited naval and air forces participate to strengthen enduring relationships while sharpening naval and air proficiencies at all levels.

231110-N-TD381-1375 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) An MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, flies over Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1375 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) An MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, flies over Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1339 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1339 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1317 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1317 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1205 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1205 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy sail in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1135 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Shiratsuyu-class destroyer JS Yudachi (DD 103) from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sails in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1135 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Shiratsuyu-class destroyer JS Yudachi (DD 103) from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sails in formation during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1105 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Pacific Ocean during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1105 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Pacific Ocean during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1048 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Pacific Ocean during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)
231110-N-TD381-1048 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 10, 2023) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Pacific Ocean during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Isaiah Goessl)

“Once again we have the special opportunity this year to sail with our Royal Australian Navy and Royal Canadian Navy partners to expand this exercise into a multilateral event,” said Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.  “Demonstrating a keen understanding among likeminded nations the importance of being able to communicate and operate together in one combined team in the maritime commons.”

“The Royal Australian Navy is pleased to again join with our regional allies and partners to deepen our longstanding relationships, further enhance our ability to operate together at sea and to support our region’s security and prosperity,” said Australia’s Director General Maritime Operations, Commodore Michael Harris.

Participating naval forces will operate in a complex maritime environment with integrated surface and air engagements designed to further increase collective war-fighting readiness, maritime superiority, and power projection in the Indo-Pacific.

“Canada is a Pacific nation, and we are proud to work with our neighbors through our consistent deployments in the region,’’ said Captain Robert Watt, Canadian Defence Attaché to Japan. “Major exercises like ANNUALEX sharpen our collective skills, while forging a trust that can only be built at sea. Together with our partners, we will continue to build a free and open Indo-Pacific.’’

Every two years, JMSDF leads ANNUALEX and provides partner and ally navies an opportunity to return and build upon existing combat interoperability capabilities in order to enhance readiness across all platforms as a deterrent against regional instability and aggression.

231111-N-TL932-1247 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, left, Commander, 7th Fleet and Vice Adm. Akira Saito, Commander in Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-TL932-1247 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, left, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and Vice Adm. Akira Saito, Commander in Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-TL932-1227 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Senior leaders from Canada, Australia, Japan and U.S. navies conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-TL932-1227 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Senior leaders from Canada, Australia, Japan and U.S. navies conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-TL932-1223 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, left, Commander, 7th Fleet and Vice Adm. Akira Saito, Commander in Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-TL932-1223 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, left, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and Vice Adm. Akira Saito, Commander in Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-TL932-1197 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Commodore Michael Harris, Director General Maritime Operations, Royal Australian Navy, conducts a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-TL932-1197 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Commodore Michael Harris, Director General Maritime Operations, Royal Australian Navy, conducts a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-TL932-1179 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Capt. Robert Watt, right, Canadian Defense Attaché to Japan, Royal Canadian Navy, and Commadore Michael Harris, Director General Maritime Operations, Royal Australian Navy, conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-TL932-1179 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Capt. Robert Watt, right, Canadian Defense Attaché to Japan, Royal Canadian Navy, and Commadore Michael Harris, Director General Maritime Operations, Royal Australian Navy, conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Sapien)
231111-N-GR586-1421 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Senior leaders from Canada, Australia, Japan and U.S. pose for a photo aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) following a multinational press conference as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Ringers)
231111-N-GR586-1421 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Senior leaders from Canada, Australia, Japan and U.S. pose for a photo aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) following a multinational press conference as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Ringers)
231111-N-GR586-1333 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2023) Vice Adm. Akira Saito, right, Commander-in-Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, JMSDF, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Ringers)
231111-N-GR586-1333 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2023) Vice Adm. Akira Saito, right, Commander-in-Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, U.S. Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, JMSDF, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Ringers)
231111-N-GR586-1237 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Senior leaders from Canada, Australia, Japan and U.S. navies conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Ringers)
231111-N-GR586-1237 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 11, 2023) Senior leaders from Canada, Australia, Japan and U.S. navies conduct a multilateral press conference aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as part of Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2023. ANNUALEX is a multilateral exercise conducted by naval elements of the Royal Australian, Royal Canadian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and U.S. navies to demonstrate naval interoperability and a joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Vinson, flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) ONE, is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Ringers)


“The U.S. Navy is once again honored to be invited by the JMSDF to participate in this year’s event,” said Rear Adm. Carlos Sardiello, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1. “ANNUALEX presents an opportunity to strategically collaborate with our allies and partners to meet shared challenges and interests such as strengthening existing relationships and sharpening our collective defense readiness, maritime security, and demonstrating unity and resolve in contested environments.”

Since arriving in the U.S. 7th Fleet region, and prior to ANNUALEX, CSG-1 units participated in a Multi-Large Deck Event (MLDE) to strengthen interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

Led by CSG-1, U.S. Navy units participating in ANNUALEX include aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Hopper (DDG 70), USS Sterett (DDG 104) of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1, Henry J. Kaiser-class Fleet replenishment ship USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199), motor tanker ship MT SLNC Goodwill (T-AOT 5419); and nine squadrons of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2.

CVW-2 consists of the F-35C Lightning II squadron, “Warhawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97, the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet squadrons, “Bounty Hunters” of (VFA) 2, “Stingers” of (VFA) 113, “Golden Dragons” of (VFA) 192, the “Gauntlets” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, the “Black Eagles” of Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the “Blue Hawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, and the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-mission Squadron (VRM) 30.

CSG-1 is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of global maritime operations and a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

For more news from CSG-1, visit http://www.dvidshub.net/unit/CSG1.

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