The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) and the Jamaican Defense Force Coast Guard patrol vessel HMJS George William Gordon conducted a bilateral naval exercise in the Caribbean Sea.
During practice, Sioux City deployed its 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and Sea Hawk MH-60S added to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Fighting Squadron (HSC) 22 for s ‘adapt with George William Gordon. The forces practiced a series of tactical actions, forms and guidance on board, as well as tested management and control capabilities.
The training helped improve interoperability and show strategic cooperation with the Jamaican Defense Force which helps build capacity against shared warnings.
âCoordinating with allies in the region is always a worthy training moment,â said Cmdr. Wade Smith, commander of Sioux City. âCollective training provides the support we need for any maritime difficulties that may arise. “
Bilateral obligations allow the two fleets to encourage tactical readiness for future orders, support readiness at sea, and contribute to increased dedication to security and stability in the region.
“This activity was an opportunity to prepare technical tactics with our Jamaican counterparts and to tackle different difficulties that only arise when operating in collaboration with another team for the first time,” said the Lieutenant JG Sean Hinchey, navigation officer aboard Sioux City.
âIt’s strong joint work like this that improves our ability to work together as trained sailors and ensures that our behavior is felt well beyond our substantial departure from the area of ââoperations.
âSioux City is deployed to the US 4th Fleet Employment Area to support the mission of Interagency Task Force South, which is to combat drug trafficking in the Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific.
US Naval Forces Southern Command / US 4th Fleet continued US Southern Command’s joint and joint service operations by employing naval forces in collective naval security operations to maintain access, improve interoperability and build lasting bonds to improve regional security and support peace, stability and success in the Caribbean, Central and South America.