NAPLES, Italy – Four U.S. ships are scheduled to participate in the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum-led Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) At Sea Demonstration (ASD) 2015 this month.
“To remain proficient, we must practice unified, decisive, and timely command and control. Continuous training also hones our operational tactics, techniques, and procedures, which helps us achieve the level of readiness required to execute such a demanding fast-paced mission as BMD.”
– Vice Adm. James Foggo III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet
- The MTMD Forum consists of 10 nations: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.
- For ASD-15, eight nations will provide ships and/or aircraft: Canada, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Germany will provide personnel to augment the Forum’s multi-national Combined Task Group staff. Australia is not participating in ASD-15.
- During ASD-15, a sea-based coalition force will practice defense against simultaneous anti-ship and ballistic missile threats with coordinated command and control.
- The task group will be commanded by Commodore Frank Sijtsma, Royal Netherlands Navy.
- The United Kingdom will host ASD-15 on the QinetiQ operated Hebrides Range.
- The MTMD Forum Chair is Rear Adm. Jon A. Hill, the U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems.
- The MTMD Forum was established in 1999 to facilitate the ability of participating nations to improve interoperability and enhance individual and collective maritime integrated air and missile defense capabilities.
- U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs