US Navy begins large-scale exercise to demonstrate global readiness

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The United States Navy on Tuesday began Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021, the first iteration of the United States-only exercise, which is meant to demonstrate global readiness, the branch announced.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Navy Forces Europe, kicked off the training in areas of responsibility Tuesday, which will continue through August 16.

The USS Mount Whitney last week sailed from Italy last week to join 35 other Navy vessels, virtual units and personnel from across the Navy and Marine Corps for the exercise.

The globally integrated LSE event across multiple fleets aims to provide high-end training at sea and ashore and to show how maritime operations synchronize in support of the joint force.

It is based on a progression of fleet battle problems and scenarios to assess and redefine modern warfare concepts, including distributed maritime operations, expeditionary advanced base operations, and littoral operations in a contested environment, according to Navy officials.

The exercise also will include evaluations of experimental technology, such as unmanned technologies and vessels.

“LSE is more than just training; it is leveraging the integrated fighting power of multiple naval forces to share sensors, weapons, and platforms across all domains in contested environments, globally,” U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Christopher Grady said in a Navy press release.

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