US Navy adding new training to pre-deployment work-ups

Defense News: The U.S. Navy is steadily rolling out a new phase of work-ups for carrier strike group and amphibious ready group deployments aimed at boosting its surface warfare skills.

The amphibious assault ship Essex, along with the amphibious transport dock Arlington and dock landing ship Fort McHenry, wrapped up the first East Coast Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training, or SWATT, on June 28. The move is part of a push by the surface Navy to get its sailors back in the mindset of high-end warfare after decades of focusing on counter-piracy and other constabulary missions.

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