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Exercises teach US Navy how to ‘blind' adversaries

An MQ-9 Sea Guardian unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft system flies over Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4), during the US Pacific Fleet's ‘Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem (UxS IBP) 21'. (US Navy)

Recent large-scale exercises are helping the US Navy (USN) learn how to keep adversaries in the dark about operations, according to Admiral Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations.

“How do we blind the adversary so that they can't see us?” Adm Gilday asked, rhetorically, during his keynote discussion at Defense One's ‘State of Defense' event on 24 September.

“What are the different methods and techniques that we can use in order to put a strike group commander or a fleet commander in a position of advantage, particularly early in a fight?” Adm Gilday said. “There are other aspects with respect to contested logistics that we're practising with ARGs (Amphibious Readiness Groups),” he added.

He noted, “We're trying to take a different aspect of Distributed Maritime Operations and deep dive into it, and then to pull out lessons learned so that we can refine the overall concept. The ‘Integrated Battle Problem' [exercise] that we did a few months ago with manned and unmanned is a good example of that; that really helped us accelerate the learning from a standpoint of refining those operational concepts.”

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