“Routinely conducting exercises, like today’s air defense exercise, strengthens the operational relationship between NATO partners and enhances interoperability between coalition forces in today’s complex military environment,” said Capt. Dennis Velez, commanding officer of San Jacinto, and air and missile defense commander for Ike CSG. “Additionally, working alongside the Turkish Naval Forces demonstrates our commitment to the region and our NATO allies.”
The ADEX portion required communication between participating ships and aircraft in order to share tactical data and carry out a safe exercise.
“All units in the carrier strike group must work together to maintain the recognized air picture,” said Lt. Mathew Rechkemmer, air and missile defense commander’s liaison officer to Ike CSG. “Our mission is to ensure all ships and aircraft are ready to defend themselves and protect the aircraft carrier at all times.”