Ministry of Defence said:The aircraft joined HMS Dragon and US fighter jets in a training exercise to detect, classify and monitor contacts on the seas surface in the challenging conditions of the Gulf.
The Type 45 destroyer provides a complementary service to the highly manoeuvrable and effective Typhoon fast jet combat aircraft.
One of Dragons fighter controllers, Lieutenant Francis Heritage, said:
We received the help of a United States Air Force Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft to cue our fighters onto their targets.The American surveillance jet fed information directly into Dragons operations room, allowing the destroyer to cue fighter jets US Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets, US Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles and the Typhoons of Dragons affiliated RAF unit, No 6 Squadron onto their objectives.
The JSTARS surface radar is incredibly powerful. When combined with our own organic sensors and those of the jets under our control, we can provide force protection over a massive area.
Another of Dragons fighter controllers, Flying Officer Dave Bowl, said:
This is a great example of how the front line units of the Royal Air Force can work hand-in-hand with the Royal Navys most capable and advanced warship.Dragon is in the second half of her inaugural deployment, which is a mix of carrying out maritime security operations with the UKs Gulf partners and contributing to the wider air defence of the region, such as when she joined forces with the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group a few weeks ago.