USS Pioneer Visits in Kota Kinabalu

June 26, 2019 – USS Pioneer (MCM 9) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for a port visit, June 26. During the visit, Pioneer sailors will engage in community relations events with Madrasah Al-Hikmah School for Stateless and Marginalized Children and Etania School for the Stateless Children. In May, sailors from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) visited the schools, and this return visit by Pioneer continues to build ties between the United States and people of Kota Kinablu. The crew will also have the opportunity to participate in…

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USS Ashland Arrives In Kota Kinabalu

February 23, 2019 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a port visit, Feb. 23 as they continue working to strengthen regional partnerships. Since the first American ship, USS Bennington, visited Sabah in Sandakan on June 28, 1899, U.S. Naval vessels have continued their goodwill missions and worked to build capacity and interoperability with Malaysia. In the yearly 120 years since, U.S. Navy ships have worked to bolster security and to advance shared goals for Malaysians and people throughout the region. “The USS Ashland is looking…

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Greeneville & Emory S. Land reinforce U.S.-Malaysian Partnerships

December 5, 2018 – USS Greeneville (SSN 772) and the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) completed a series of bilateral engagements this week with Malaysian officials during a visit to the region. Both Greeneville and Emory S. Land submarine maintenance subject matter experts hosted a meeting with Royal Malaysian Navy counterparts on best practices. The visit was also aimed at building friendship and goodwill between the U.S. Navy and the people of Malaysia. “The U.S. and Malaysia relationship is rooted in longstanding and strong people-to-people ties, shared…

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USS Essex concludes CARAT with Malaysia port visit

August 20, 2018 – USS Essex (LHD 2) and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Aug. 19, for a port visit after participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2018. The CARAT exercise allowed U.S. Sailors and Marines to work side-by-side with Malaysian counterparts and helped improve our relationships with each other. “We are proud of the tremendous work that American Sailors and Marines are doing to strengthen our partnership with our great teammates in the Malaysian military,” said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander,…

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USS Wayne E Meyer Visits Kota Kinabalu

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a regularly scheduled port visit, Feb. 21. Wayne E. Meyer is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Strike Group. “We are thankful to our hosts for this opportunity, as the U.S. Navy’s relationship with the Royal Malaysian Navy continues to grow,” said Cmdr. Jamie Hopkins, commanding officer of Wayne E. Meyer. While in port Sailors will have an opportunity to see the sights and experience the culture of Kota Kinabalu. “For the majority…

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Parramatta embraces culture and sport in Kota Kinabalu

HMAS Parramatta recently conducted a maintenance period alongside the Malaysian port of Sepanggar in Kota Kinabalu, as part of her Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment. The visit was a chance for the crew to conduct maintenance on systems and equipment whilst engaging in some cultural and sporting activities with their Royal Malaysian Navy counterparts. Commanding Officer, Commander Simon Howard, also made an official call on the Commander of the Eastern Fleet, Vice Admiral Dato Pahlawan Syed Zahiruddin Putra. Parramatta’s sporting teams participated in both volleyball and soccer in the hot and humid…

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