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US Navy Red Sea operations provide lessons for Western Pacific

US Navy officials say operations conducted aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower in the Red Sea can be employed in the Western Pacific. (Janes/Michael Fabey)

The tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) the US Navy (USN) has developed and honed for Red Sea operations against Houthis will be applicable in the Western Pacific against any near-peer competitor there, according to Rear Admiral Marc Miguez, commander, Carrier Strike Group 2, anchored by aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Speaking to Janes on 11 June onboard Eisenhower in the Red Sea, Rear Adm Miguez said the lessons learned are “feeding to the real fight. You know what I'm talking about. The TTPs are feeding into the fight in the Western Pacific. All these TTPs are feeding right into that fight, the one we are preparing for”.

He underscored manoeuvrability and the lethality of the carrier, compared with other military airfields. “I know exactly where Guam is, I know where Anderson airfieldis. I can be 800 n miles, 1,000 n miles in 24 hours. We have the striking power of 75 aircraft. All those nations are trying to get a carrier. They are trying to achieve this.”

In the Red Sea now, the USN and coalition forces are operating with a greater distribution of forces that expands the area they can patrol and control, USN officials noted.

“Our strength is that we have the command-and-control (C2) structure to support that [operational concept], distributed away … from one another,” Rear Adm Miguez said.

For more information on USN efforts to integrate such distributed systems, please see Surface Navy 2024: US Navy eyes new means for integrating distributed assets.

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