DVIDS – News – CSG 5 team lands on USS Benfold for helicopter search and seizure exercise

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 9, 2022) – Golden Falcons from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 led a team from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 on a visit, board, d ‘A helicopter search and seizure (HVBSS) that took place aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), June 9.

HSC-12 led this event to extend their HVBSS proficiency, integrate CSG-5 combat assets, and coordinate command decisions through clear communication. Participating units included HSC-12, Saberhawks of Helicopter Maritime Attack Squadron (HSM) 77, and Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, all representing Carrier Air Wing (CVW) ) 5, joining Sailors Benfold, Explosives Technicians Ordnance Disposal Unit (EODMU) 5, and observe standers from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and Commander Task Force (CTF) 70.

“The Golden Falcons pride themselves on their integration and the capabilities we make available to the Strike Group in our motto of getting ripped apart: Recover, Protect, Deliver,” said Cmdr. Jonathan Dorsey, commander of HSC-12. “HSC-12 is focused on building familiarity and proficiency with our EOD, DESRON 15, and Strike Group partners; lending to the precise coordination needed to deliver assault teams during this HVBSS. The participation of all units within CTF-70 during these complex events helps showcase our interoperability, sharpen our advantage, and provide flexibility as a first to fight.

The exercise began with an inter-deck evolution where an MH-60S Seahawk, attached to HSC-12, delivered an EOD team from the US Navy’s only forward deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in Benfold.

“We are trained and skilled in helicopter insertion techniques, such as fast rope, which means we can provide more realism for HSC-12 gunship training,” said the master. Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class who led the EOD team during the exercise and remains unidentified to maintain operational security. “We support VBSS by providing explosives and hazardous materials detection and identification, counter-explosives tactics, sensitive site operations (SSE), and humanitarian assistance.”

The scenario involved a VBSS team from the Benfold carrying out a search for a suspicious vessel, and during the search the assistance of an EOD team was required to perform the SSE of the items found.

The EOD team says that every time they do helicopter operations, it’s a chance to keep them current and increase their skills. The event was an opportunity for the team to work on the integration of strike groups. In the past, EOD teams have flown air missions to other ships in the strike group to conduct dive operations and respond to incidents.

Benfold’s dedicated VBSS team conducted a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) excursion to simulate landing the destroyer and boarding another vessel for investigation.

“VBSS exercises ensure that our team is always ready to respond when called upon for Maritime Interception Operations (MIO),” said Lt. jg William Watkins, Benfold’s counter-terrorism and security officer. “This is particularly important in the 7th Fleet Area of ​​Responsibility (AOR) where we frequently operate in support of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) tasks which often involve tracking vessels suspected of carrying illicit goods. . Benfold’s VBSS team trains in both compliant and non-compliant boarding, and is capable of performing tasks ranging from biometric data collection to inmate management.

HSC-12, and the various squadrons attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are embarked aboard Ronald Reagan performing strike group duties.

Benfold, is attached to DESRON 15, the Navy’s largest forward deployed DESRON and U.S. 7th Fleet’s primary surface force and operates as part of the Strike Group.

The U.S. 7th Fleet exercises operational control of its units through task forces or designated task forces. These groups are organized according to domains and functional lines. CSG 5/CTF 70 is the theater strike warfare commander and theater air and missile defense commander.

CTF 70 is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of ​​operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest forward deployed fleet in the world, and with the assistance and network of alliances and partners from 35 other maritime nations, the U.S. Navy has operated in the Indo-Pacific region for more than 70 years ; provide credible and ready forces to help preserve peace and prevent conflict.

Date taken: 06.09.2022
Date posted: 06.11.2022 03:23
Story ID: 422730
Location: AT SEA

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Brandon D. James