U.S. forces have concluded a major maritime military exercise alongside allied and partner nations from the Indo-Pacific.
Sea Dragon is a two-week, annual, multinational exercise hosted by the United States to practice and enhance anti-submarine warfare tactics. The 2024 iteration of the exercise was held in Guam and included participants from the U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Navy and Indian Navy.
“Exercise Sea Dragon is a significant airborne ASW training opportunity, focused on enhancing interoperability and sharing tactical innovation amongst our partners and allies in the region,” said Capt. Zachary Stang, commodore of the Commander, Task Force 72.
CTF-72 deployed a P-8A Poseidon aircraft from the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron 8 for the event.
At the end of the exercise, a Sea Dragon Championship Belt is awarded to a participant who achieved the highest scores based on their ASW performances. For 2024, JMSDF won after demonstrating simulated torpedo deployment speed and accuracy. IN and RAAF also received additional prizes.