Navy to enter the dragon
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.”