Exercise Sea Dragon 2024 in Guam

Australia showcased its robust relationships and commitment to maritime security during Exercise Sea Dragon 2024 at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam in January.

CAPTIONThe United States Navy P-8 Poseidon, the Indian Navy P-8 Poseidon, the Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kawasaki P-1 and a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon, from No. 11 Squadron, on the flight line in Guam whilst deployed for Exercise Sea Dragon. Story by Flight Lieutenant Jessica Winnall.

The United States Navy-led exercise focused on enhancing collective knowledge of anti-submarine warfare tactics (ASW), techniques and procedures, and fosters friendship among participating nations.

Two RAAF P-8A Poseidon aircraft, along with personnel from 11 Squadron based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, engaged in ASW missions alongside the US Navy, Indian Navy, Republic of Korea, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Exercise Sea Dragon Detachment Commander Squadron Leader Jacqueline Killian said the exercise provided a unique opportunity for Australian crews to gain tactical experience conducting anti-submarine warfare missions with its Indo-Pacific partners across a wide range of scenarios.

“These missions allowed us to test our skills and work closely with those partners, preparing the Air Force to integrate into a maritime environment and provide effective deterrence for Australia’s security,” Squadron Leader Killian said.

“Crews engaged in identifying, tracking and targeting both simulated and live submarine targets, culminating in a 24-hour continuous monitoring activity.

“The final event required significant coordination between all participating nations, building on the lessons from the previous week, and allowed us to work together efficiently and safely to successfully achieve the task.”

US Navy Captain Zachary Stang, Commander Task Force 72 Commodore, echoed the importance of Exercise Sea Dragon for cooperation and training.

“Exercise Sea Dragon is a significant airborne ASW training opportunity, focused on enhancing interoperability and sharing tactical innovation amongst our partners and allies in the region,” he said.

“These training exercises help us grow as a dynamic team and deter those who would challenge our goal of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.”


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