US conducts anti-submarine warfare exercise Shark Hunt 21 with allies

According to information published by U.S. Navy on July 26, 2021, commander, Task Force 69 (CTF-69) kicked off Exercise Shark Hunt 2021, a multi-national anti-submarine warfare exercise being held in the Northern Atlantic.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Roosevelt (Picture source: U.S. Navy)

Led by the U.S. Sixth Fleet undersea warfare commander, this year’s iteration features three Allied submarines, four surface ships, including the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), and seven aircraft, from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Shark Hunt develops complex and challenging warfare capabilities to enhance the participants’ interoperability and proficiency in air, surface, and subsurface anti-submarine warfare skills.

These operations provide real-world opportunities to advance modern submarine warfare and promote an unparalleled understanding of the undersea environment. Training with other submarines tests the limits and ingenuity of our crews to perform at the highest level.

The USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in service with the United States Navy. This ship is the 30th destroyer of her class. USS Roosevelt was the 13th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and construction began on 15 December 1997. She was launched on 10 January 1999 and was christened on 23 January 1999. On 14 October 2000 the commissioning ceremony was held at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

The USS Roosevelt is armed with one 5 inches (127 mm)/54 caliber Mk 45 naval gun, two 25 mm Mk 38 automatic cannons, four .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns, two 20 mm Phalanx CIWS Clise-In Weapon Systems, two Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes for Mk 46 torpedo and 96-cell Mk 41 VLS able to launch RIM-66M Standard surface-to-air Missile, BGM-109 Tomahawk long-range cruise missile and RUM-139 Vertical Launch ASROC anti-submarine missile.