Fowler, Brian, ETC

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USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
ET-1419-Electromagnetic Compatibility Technician
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Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
2005-2005, ET-1419, Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)
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ET-1425-Communications Equipment (WSC-3/UHF DAMA) Technician
9502-Instructor
9509-2M Instructor/Master Inspector
9503-Miniature/Microminiature Electronic Repair Inspector
Service Years
1984 - 2008
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Training Exercise - PACEX '89
Start Year
1989
End Year
1989

Description

The U.S. Navy has turned out in full force to reaffirm security ties with its Asian allies, with a senior commander showing skepticism about Moscow's declared intent to scale down its regional presence.

The navy dispatched 53 major warships to the western Pacific in the largest maneuver of its kind, a series of bilateral exercises with Japan and South Korea called PACEX '89.Vice Adm. Henry Mauz, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, denied Saturday that Washington was looking for a NATO-like alignment among allies in the region.

 

"There is no operational linkage and I don't think it's possible in the forseeable future," Mauz told reporters flown to the aircraft carrier Enterprise.

Although Moscow had spoken about unilateral cutbacks, the number of Soviet ships in the region remained about the same, he said, adding: "They are moving in their top-line vessels here from their Northern and Baltic fleets."

In a monthlong exercise with Japan which ended this week, army and air force units held joint maneuvers involving as many as 100 Japanese ships, the 53 U.S. vessels and about 400 aircraft from both sides.

The 7th Fleet is to conduct exercises with South Korean navy units in the next few weeks.

A Soviet Embassy official in Tokyo said Moscow was highly critical of the exercise. "It only raises tension in the Asia-Pacific region," the official said.

Aboard the Enterprise, reporters watched a classic World War II-style gunnery practice as the battleships USS New Jersey and Missouri fired salvoes of live ammunition against a target ship.

Japanese newspapers have criticized the joint exercise as a move toward forming a military bloc that would stand even if Moscow decreased its military presence.

 

Japan's opposition Socialists, who dealt a severe blow to the pro-American ruling Liberal Democrats in July parliamentary elections, want to scale down military ties with Washington.

"PACEX '89 has a strong political meaning," said Haruo Fujii, a Japanese military analyst and specialist in Soviet military affairs.

"There is a sense of crisis on the part of the United States and therefore it attaches great importance to the Asia-Pacific region," he said.

In the Philippines, the United States faces the possibility of losing its largest naval and air force bases in the region - Subic Bay and Clark Air Base - if Washington fails to renew a base treaty with Manila by 1992.

And some U.S. congressmen have said the Pentagon should halve the number of troops stationed in South Korea.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev announced a substantial cutback in the Far East, mainly among troops stationed along the Sino-Soviet border.

But both Japan and the United States have said the Soviet Union was improving the quality of its units while cutting down on actual numbers.

   
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From Year
1989
To Year
1989
 
Last Updated:
May 2, 2009
   
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Memories
I remember being underway during an exercise. Enterprise Battle group was being shadowed by a Russian ship. After some fast maneuvering, we were able to discourage that ship from continuing. During that same time, we were closely overflown by a Russian Bear, close enough to see the faces of the airplane's crew. The following was copied from the GlobalSecurity.org website:

The end of an era came when Air Wing Eleven made the final cruise aboard USS ENTERPRISE from September 1989 to March 1990. Highlights of the world cruise included exercises: PACEX, ANNUALEX 89 and VALIANT BLITZ 90 which heralded the largest assemblage of U.S. Naval Air and Sea Power since World War II. Coordinated operations involving triple carrier battle group (USS ENTERPRISE, USS CARL VINSON, and USS CONSTELLATION) and dual battle force (USS ENTERPRISE, USS CARL VINSON, USS NEW JERSEY and USS MISSOURI) units on conjunction with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Navy and Air Force, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps provided highly successful joint training.

   
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