US, British Navies Perform Drills in South China Sea

HMS Argyll takes part in a replenishment at sea with the USS McCampbell and USNS Henry J Kaiser in the South China Sea. (Photo credit: LPhot Dan Rosenbaum)

Arleigh-Burke guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll (F231) conducted operations together in the South China Sea Jan. 11-16.

At sea, McCampbell and Argyll conducted communication drills, division tactics and a personnel exchange designed to address common maritime security priorities, enhance interoperability and develop relationships that will benefit both navies for many years to come.

Argyll is currently deployed to the Indo-Pacific in support of regional security and stability. The cooperative deployment follows a trilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise between the U.S. Navy, Royal Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Dec. 21-22.

The U.S. Navy regularly flies, sails and operates with allies and partners, both bilaterally and multilaterally to promote security and stability throughout the region. McCampbell is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. —U.S. Navy, 7th Fleet

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