USS Cowpens (CG 63) recently participated in Exercise Inspired Alert off the coast of Pakistan.
Held in conjunction with Pakistan's military, the exercise provided training for surface and aviation units from both nations.
The San Diego-based guided missile cruiser coordinated 380 sorties simulating bombing runs, air strikes and air-to-air combat scenarios by Carrier Air Wing 11 aircraft from USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
According to Operations Specialist 1st Class Randy Hamilton, of Santee, Calif., the most valuable part of the exercise was the "mutual training and interaction between the United States and Pakistan." Hamilton noted that while Pakistan operates familiar aircraft and other military equipment, their tactics and maneuvers differ from those used by U.S. pilots.