Navy to en­ter the dragon

The West Australian - - NEWS -

The US and Aus­tralian mil­i­taries are join­ing for an an­nual anti-sub­ma­rine ex­er­cise fo­cused on en­sur­ing free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion and the “free flow of com­merce in the re­gion”.

The 2019 Ex­er­cise Sea Dragon starts on Mon­day at An­der­sen Air Force Base in the western-most US ter­ri­tory of Guam, which is con­sid­ered a tempt­ing tar­get for China or North Ko­rea in the event of a con­flict. Slated to run 11 days, the ex­er­cise is “an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to . . . fo­cus on build­ing anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare pro­fi­ciency,” Cap­tain Brian Erick­son, Com­man­der of Task Force 72, said in a 7th Fleet news re­lease.

“Ex­er­cise Sea Dragon il­lus­trates that the US and our part­ners stand ready to en­sure the free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion and the free flow of com­merce wher­ever in­ter­na­tional law al­lows.”

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