Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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ASEAN, China joint maritime drill “important”: Philippine FM

August 7, 2018 (Xinhua) – The plan of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to conduct a joint maritime exercise in the South China Sea “is very important” to the region, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Tuesday. “The exercise is important,” Cayetano told Xinhua at a press conference. “It’s very important that there are joint military exercises if only to prevent accidents and for military-to-military relations to grow so that we can talk to each other better,” Cayetano said. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the…

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Australian Defence Force trained with partners at Exercise Bersama Shield 2018

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken to the sea and skies of Malaysia and Singapore to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations. Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom participated in the bi-annual Exercise Bersama Shield 18, focusing on the conduct of a combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said the ADF’s ongoing support to Exercise Bersama Shield 18 is another example of Australia’s commitment to regional…

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USNS Mercy Arrives in Malaysia for Pacific Partnership

U.S. and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Port Kelang, Malaysia, April 16. The Pacific Partnership mission in Malaysia will feature medical exchanges, civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness seminars, and community outreach engagements in the greater Kuala Lumpur area. The secondary mission platform for Pacific Partnership, the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) will arrive in Tawau, Malaysia April 21 for a series of civil engineering, medical and outreach…

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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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USNS Brunswick Visits Malaysia

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) concluded a port visit to Lumut, Malaysia, Jan 12. The crew members had the opportunity to experience the country’s culture while strengthening ties with the local population. Port visits such as these serve as an important element in the U.S. Navy’s theater security cooperation efforts by enhancing solid relationships with partner nations throughout the region. The port of Lumut’s unique capabilities in supporting expeditionary maintenance for deployed assets including the littoral combat ship (LCS) continues to be vital for the U.S. Navy in regional security and…

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Malaysian students visit HMAS Adelaide

More than 300 school students were treated to ship tours during HMAS Adelaide’s recent visit to Port Klang, Malaysia. Taking a break before their final school exams, students from the Tuanku Ja’afar Technical Institute were full of enthusiasm after their two hour road trip to visit the ship. Visit host Petty Officer Aircrewman Dean Kinna said it was great fun to show students around the ship. “They are really interested to know more about the Navy and Australia,” he said. The students were shown around Adelaide’s heavy and light vehicle…

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Chinese ocean-going naval task group ends visits to 20 countries

A Chinese naval task group on an ocean-going visit mission came back to a naval port in Zhoushan City , Zhejiang Province of East China, on Oct 15, after completing its mission of visiting 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The task group consisted of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu. The 176-day-long mission, with a navigational distance of more than 31,000 nautical miles, covered two oceans and three continents. Since its departure on April 23, the Chinese naval task group…

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Indian Training Squadron Visits Penang

IN Ships Tir, Sujata, Sudarshini, Shardul and ICGS Sarathi are visiting Penang, Malaysia from 08 to 12 Oct 17. The visit is aimed to expose the trainees to the conduct of IN warship in foreign waters, port familiarization and foster ‘bridges of friendship’ between the two countries. The ships belong to the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy functioning under the Southern Naval Command, headquartered at Kochi and comprises six indigenously built ships, namely, Indian Naval Ships Tir, Sujata, Shardul, Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarathi and two Sail Training…

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Pacific protection paramount in counter proliferation

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials. The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks, tools and capabilities to counter illicit weapons of mass destruction-related trade across the globe. Participants will take part in academic sessions, a table top…

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Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff visits Malaysia

April 11, 2017 – Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Indian Navy is on a goodwill visit to Malaysia from 11 to 15 April 2017. The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance bilateral maritime relations between India and Malaysia and is expected to provide a major boost to defence relations between India and Malaysia. During his visit, the Admiral will hold discussions with the Deputy Minister of Defence, Chief of Royal Malaysian Defence Forces along with…

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Pacific Partnership 2017 makes mission stop in Port Klang

April 7, 2017 – Pacific Partnership 2017, embarked aboard Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4), arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia, Apr. 8. The arrival marks Malaysia’s 12th year as a participant in Pacific Partnership, as well as its second year as a host nation, after making its debut as a Pacific Partnership mission stop in 2016. As the second mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2017, activities in Malaysia will include humanitarian aid and disaster response preparedness exercises, medical exchanges, civil engineering projects and community engagement…

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