The USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Naval Base San Diego on March 4 to participate in the first ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise.
The drill is focused on advanced tactical training at sea to improve warfighting proficiency, lethality, and ship interoperability before further training in the ARG’s deployment cycle, US Navy (USN) officials said in a statement.
“SWATT is designed to be a stepping stone between the unit level training and the integrated amphibious ready group training,” Captain Gerald Olin, the commander of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, told Jane’s . “This valuable time allows us to maximise our training value as we progress through deployment certifications.”
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