American destroyers and a British frigate have departed the Barents Sea, following seven days of Arctic operations.
The surface action group (SAG) comprised of Arleigh Burke class destroyers USS Donald Cook, USS Porter, USS Roosevelt, fast combat support ship USNS Supply and the Royal Navy’s HMS Kent entered the Barents Sea on May the 4th to conduct training and operations in the challenging conditions of the Arctic region.
Along with the warships, US Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft and US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft provided support during training and operational events.
According to the US Navy here:
“Porter, Donald Cook, and Kent recently completed a bilateral naval anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Norwegian Sea. A U.S. nuclear-powered submarine and a P-8A also participated in the exercise. This exercise reinforced the combined training that the nations received last month while participating in the U.K.’s Submarine Command Course.”
Rear Admiral Simon Asquith, the Royal Navy’s Commander Operations, said in a statement:
“While sailors and marines in the UK support the national effort against COVID-19, the ship’s company of HMS Kent are hard at work ensuring that the Royal Navy remains capable of operating in the most challenging environments fundamental to the UK’s vital interests. The rules-based international system enables freedom on the high seas for all nations. The Arctic exemplifies this and is an area for cooperation on numerous issues, including security and trade.”
According to the Royal Navy, in the last 12 months, HMS Kent has operated around the world and seen the full spectrum of challenging conditions in the past year, having operated in the high temperatures of the Gulf last year before taking up her tasking in the north Atlantic and high north.