US, China Conduct Anti-Piracy
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st
Class Travis Alston and Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric
Gulf of Aden – (NNS)
– December 12, 2014 – The U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG
104) and ships from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) PLA(N) commenced
a bilateral counter-piracy exercise, U.S.-China Counter-Piracy Exercise 15, in
the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa, Dec 11.
USS Sterett, left, transits alongside CNS Yun Chang, right, and CNS Chao Hu
Aiming to promote partnership, strength and presence, the
exercise includes combined visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations,
communication exchanges, and various other aspects of naval operations.
This exercise represents a long-standing united front toward
counter-piracy operations shared by these two world powers.
"The exercise allows us to address our common regional and
global interest," said Capt. Doug Stuffle, commander, U.S. Navy Destroyer
Squadron (DESRON) 1. "It helps both nations pursue a healthy, stable, reliable
and continuous bilateral relationship."
Hull Maintenance Technician discusses with members of
the Chinese PLA(N)
Approximately 700 personnel from the U.S. and China navies
will participate in the exercise, and it gives Sterett Sailors the opportunity
to engage in a shared mission with other surface platforms.
"Piracy is a long-standing problem, worldwide," said Cmdr.
Theodore Nunamaker, Sterett commanding officer. "It has long been recognized as
a problem that requires an international-cooperative solution. Certainly the
U.S. 5th Fleet AOR [area of responsibility] is one of the focused points for
that effort. Modern-day piracy has a far-reaching economic impact. Although much
of the world's population will never encounter piracy, it has an impact on
everyone, by increasing the cost of goods that are being shipped from place to
Stuffle expressed that Sterett's crew, like all deployed U.S.
naval forces, have trained to meet a variety of mission sets that are important
to the nation's interest and stand ready to execute anti-piracy measures when
Both Stuffle and Nunamaker agree the ultimate goal of this
exercise is to strengthen military-to-military relationships between the U.S.
and its Chinese counter-parts. The U.S. and Chinese navies conducted similar
training, Aug. 20-25, 2013.
USS Sterett (DDG
104), CNS Yun Chang (FFG571), and CNS Chao Hu (AOR 890)
"These bi-lateral exercises help us establish clear paths for
communication; they encourage transparency of trust, help us mitigate risk and
allow us to demonstrate cooperative efforts in the international community to
help us work together to deal with transnational threats. In the end, we look to
create a peaceful, stable and secure maritime domain," said Stuffle.
Sterett is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike
Group and is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve conducting maritime security
operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed and theater security
cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central
Command/5th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.