British F-35s and Typhoons together with Czech Gripens worked with American destroyer USS Gravely during an air defence exercise as part of Neptune Shield 22 last week.
The exercise involved a range of multi-domain activities “between Air, Land and Maritime assets across Europe and in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas”.
This particular activity offered the opportunity to conduct Air-Maritime training and “strengthen Alliance capability in a critical area”.
“These types of activities allow NATO forces to coordinate and cooperate together in a complex scenario and improve our ability to react as one, against any threat,” said Brigadier General Christoph Pliet, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at Allied Air Command.
“Each time we work together with our Allies in the Maritime and Land domains, we become a more cohesive and ready force,” added General Pliet.
In a press release, the Alliance add:
“NESH22 allows NATO forces to integrate the high-end maritime strike capabilities into the constant vigilance activities that provide security and regional stability. The unique capabilities of Allied air power also enables multiple theatre-wide missions and training events to be executed concurrently across Europe. NESH22 has increased the readiness of Allied air, land and maritime components.”