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The new ̧SDTR.
The new vehicular tactical radio is the first member of the ̧SDxR
software defined radio family. It marks a revolutionary change in the field
of tactical radio communications, both technically and economically.
❙ SCA-compliant, open radio platform
❙ Flexible networking waveform family for different missions
❙ Simultaneous voice and data communications
❙ Full IP capability
Trust is a crucial aspect of the exercise and is something that undergirds navies
working together at sea. Indeed, earlier this year, the U.S . Naval Heritage and History
Command published the book, You Cannot Surge Trust. The subtitle of the book
tells it all: “Combined Naval Operations of the Royal Australian Navy, Canadian
Navy, Royal Navy, and United States Navy, 1991-2003.” The book outlines how the
experience of the four navies in the post-Cold War world, primarily by conducting
multilateral peace-enforcement or peace-keeping operations, helped build the
trust necessary to overcome barriers of incompatible weapons systems, tactics
and training. RIMPAC 2014 is a key medium for expanding this “circle of trust” to
additional maritime nations.
As Rear Admiral Simon Cullen, Royal Australian Navy, CTF Deputy Commander,
put it, “R I M PAC helped international participants hone the skills that are critical to
ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.” And the host,
Commander, U.S . Pacific Fleet, was able to allow other nations and navies to take
advantage of the excellent training infrastructure and ranges available in the Hawaiian
Islands and enable individual units to conduct training that they could not otherwise
have in their own waters.
Inspired by their own recent humanitarian disaster, R I MPAC 2014 marked the
first time that Japan led the scenario-driven humanitarian assistance/disaster relief
(HA/DR) response portion of the exercise that facilitated training and certification for
expeditionary forces to respond to foreign disasters as a crisis response adaptive
force. The response by all participants to RIMPAC 2014 indicates HA/DR exercises
will likely be a routine part of RIMPAC 2016 and beyond.
As always, the complex discipline of ASW was an important part of the event.
This year the Anti-Submarine Warfare Force worked in a cooperative training
environment with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) forces from Australia, Canada,
Chile, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea. As Rear Admiral Phil Sawyer,
Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, put it, “The exercises have
improved interoperability and allowed us to build enduring relationships that will
pay dividends well into the future.” R I M PAC 2014 ASW exercises were especially
important given the burgeoning number of highly capable submarines among many
nations in the region.
RIMPAC was, as one exercise coordinator dubbed it, “Much more than just four
dozen ships steaming about expressing mutual good will.” As Rear Admiral Cullen,
having now participated in his fourth RIMPAC put it, “The coalition has made
extraordinary progress over the years, and is now much more cohesive than it was
when I first experienced RIMPAC. The training syllabus for the exercises included
amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises,
as well as humanitarian assistance, medicine, counter-piracy, mine clearance
operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.”
While it is easy to chronicle additional “goodness” associated with RIMPAC 2014,
this exercise exposed - as similar exercises in the past, one of the key challenges
in bringing together a robust naval coalition at sea, and one that still impedes true
interoperability. That challenge is communications and information exchange. Air
Commodore Chris Westwood, Royal Australian Air Force, put it this way: “I often
have folks in the audience point out the continual failure of services, be they air,
maritime or land (let alone joint), to be able to talk with each other. We collectively
still seem to be able to introduce major capital equipment that can’t connect to its
This year, Vice Admiral Kenneth Floyd, Commander, U.S.
Third Fleet, served as the RIMPAC 2014 Combined Task
Force (CTF) Commander.
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