The United States performed its largest combined naval exercise since the Cold War, Large Scale Exercise 2021 (LSE 2021) with the participation of units across 17 time zones.
According to a statement released by the US Fleet Forces Command on August 3, the major exercises “based on the evolution of fleet issues and scenarios” to “refine maritime operations”. of several joint combat fleets”.
According to the US Navy, the exercises began on August 3 and lasted until August 16 in 17 different time zones, from the Black Sea, the Mediterranean to the East and South China Seas. This is considered the largest exercise in the past 40 years, since the Cold War.
Participating in the exercise are about 36 warships, including aircraft carriers, missile cruisers, destroyers, attack submarines and large amphibious ships, as well as naval and ship-based aircraft and units. Marines from 5 battle fleets and 3 expeditionary divisions. In total, more than 25,000 soldiers will participate..
LSE 2021 is part of an ongoing series of exercises aimed at demonstrating the US Navy’s ability to use precise, lethal, and overwhelming force globally across three naval commands, five Numbered fleets and 17 time zones.
The LSE also aims to demonstrate that U.S. naval and marine forces can counter enemy maritime control capabilities, particularly in the western Pacific.
The exercise also examines the U.S. military’s combat methods and technologies, including reducing the role of large ships and cutting-edge systems to create a flexible and efficient force capable of sustaining losses. to continue fighting in the unpredictable scenario.
The exercise also tested new advanced weapons in various combat areas including unmanned aerial vehicles.