Navy Creates new Atlantic Destroyer Task Group to hunt Russian Submarines

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Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) transits the Atlantic Ocean beside the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) on April 11, 2020. US Photo

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The Navy has created a new task group on the East Coast to ensure it has ready destroyers that can deploy on short notice to counter the Russian submarine threat in the Atlantic Ocean.

Task Group Greyhound – which officially declared initial operational capability on Sept. 1 – is a force-generation model for destroyers that is embedded within the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan.

The plan is to take destroyers that have recently completed deployments and are awaiting maintenance availabilities and make them ready for training and operations in the Atlantic.

Greyhound is “designed to provide the fleet with predictable, continuously ready and fully certified warships,” Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, the commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic, said in a Monday ceremony aboard USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) in Mayport, Fla.

“The ships will be ready to accomplish the full range of missions – including tracking Russian undersea activity in the Atlantic and maritime homeland defense for our nation.”

The task force shares a name with the 2020 surface warfare movie “Greyhound,” in which a collection of allied destroyers defend a North Atlantic convoy from German U-boats.

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) – which recently completed several years forward-deployed in Rota, Spain and is now based in Mayport – and Thomas Hudner are the first destroyers to become part of the task group. USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), which is currently deployed with the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group, will join the task group in January when it returns. USS Cole (DDG-67) and USS Gravely (DDG-107) will become part of Greyhound next year when Donald Cook begins its maintenance period.  Read more…

Navy Creates New Atlantic Destroyer Task Group to Hunt Russian Submarines

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4 COMMENTS

  1. More PR from the military incompetents…Greyhound, likely to remind the public of the WWII patriotic movie…destroyers attacking subs. Unfortunately for us, this is not WWII and these will not be geriatric subs. But, for sure, the DC-DDG-75 has experience with the Russians…ones they would probably not want to repeat. Likely as not, this hyped defensive measure will be just as useful as the USAF was during 9/11. Anyone remember when the Russians cruised around in the GoM? The US military had no clue they were even there. People were shitting bricks over that, as if we owned it, but going into the Black is just fine for us. So what if we cruise around just off-shore…Ukraine invited us. I can see the blustering headlines now if Venezuela held military drills in the Carribbean with the Russians and Iranians. They treat the rest of the world the way they treat us…one set of rules for you, another for us.

  2. The Russian Subs will run them ragged from the coast of Cuba to the west of Ireland and up to the Shetlands and Faroes and back to Nova Scotia via Iceland.
    Those US warships had better have plenty fuel in them but I doubt they’ll be able to catch those Russian Subs …… let alone find them in the first place!!

  3. Gives them something fun to do, both the Russian subs evading/fooling and US destroyers tracking them.
    Sinking a Russian sub with US destroyer means a hypersonic missle slammed into US aircraft carrier within minutes so nobody gets too serious about it.