U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) ships join NATO allies for exercise Joint Warrior 22-2, October 1, 2022.

Under the command and control of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 65, NAVEUR ships USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) will join allies in the two-week long multilateral training exercise.

“Our ability to integrate with NATO allies not only improves our collective readiness and lethality as a force, but is a constant and visible reminder of the Alliance’s solidarity and cohesion,” said CAPT Ed Sundberg, Commodore, CTF 65. “Joint Warrior tests participating units with simulated relevant and realistic training scenarios aimed at enhancing shared capabilities in a multi-threat environment.”

Led by the U.K. Royal Navy, exercise Joint Warrior 22-2 is a biannual, multilateral, multi-warfare exercise that incorporates surface, subsurface, airborne, and land scenarios to provide joint training in a multi-threat environment for NATO units. Participating nations include Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, NATO, Norway, Poland, the U.K., and the U.S.

During the exercise, task groups will rehearse transition of authority to Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) to enhance interoperability with NATO command structures. The exercise also involves Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1), two of four of NATO’s Standing Forces and Response Force that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defense on a permanent basis.

The robust security relationship between the U.S. and U.K., with combined exercises, bilateral exchanges, shared investments, and combined planning make both forces stronger and ready for future security challenges.

The NATO alliance is vital to European security and also to U.S. national interests. NATO allies and partners take every opportunity to train together to refine tactics, techniques, and procedures to increase our interoperability.

For over 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability.