USNS Millinocket Arrives in Puerto Princesa

USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff Sailors and Marines arrived in Puerto Princesa, Republic of the Philippines June 4 as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet theater security cooperation (TSC) patrol. The 7th Fleet team, consisting of more than 40 service members including the U.S. 7th Fleet band and Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) Marines, have already been to Singapore and Malaysia, where they participated in flag-level staff talks, community relations projects and a number of band engagements and receptions aimed at enhancing relationships and…

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USNS Lummus, Ocean Jazz Complete Backload of Balikatan 2018

Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships conducted a backload of all equipment that was previously offloaded to support Exercise Balikatan (BK) 2018 at Subic Bay, Olongapo, Philippines, May 24-28. Maritime prepositioning ship (MPS) USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) and general purpose, heavy-lift vessel MV Ocean Jazz loaded about 620 items, which they previously delivered, over the span of four days after the Balikatan exercise officially concluded May 18. “When our military is performing exercises with our partner nations, we are often focused on the kinetic aspect of the military-to-military…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Offloads 3d MARDIV Marines

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa, to offload the 3d Marine Division (MARDIV), March 12. During the port visit, Bonhomme Richard will offload personnel and equipment of the 3d MARDIV following exercise Cobra Gold 2018.  Since embarking in January, 3d MARDIV and Bonhomme Richard have completed their participation in the 37th iteration of CG18, alongside the Kingdom of Thailand, and have conducted scheduled port visits in Laem Chabang, Thailand, and Manila, Philippines. “It was great working with the 3d MARDIV throughout this patrol and during exercise…

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Bonhomme Richard departs Manila

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), with embarked 3d Marine Division (MARDIV) Marines, departed Manila to continue a patrol in the Indo-Pacific region following a scheduled port visit, March 8. During the visit, the ship hosted distinguished visitors, including three ambassadors to the Republic of the Philippines, several key Indo-Pacific region military officers, and local leaders for a capabilities brief and a ship tour. The port visit followed Bonhomme Richard’s participation in exercise Cobra Gold 2018, and provided the crew an opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of the…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group arrives in Manila for port visit

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Manila, Feb. 16, for a routine port visit during a Western Pacific deployment. More than 5,500 Sailors from both vessels will visit local attractions and participate in community service projects while in the Philippine capital. “We are just very thankful for the support we have from the Philippine government and the Philippine people,” said Fuller. “We have a longstanding relationship and we want to continue to build on that.” The strike group is operating in the Indo-Pacific…

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Pacific Fleet ship detachment finished its visit to the Philippines

Pacific Fleet ship detachment, including major ASW ships Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev as well as major tanker vessel Boris Butoma, has finished its visit to the Philippines. During the stay, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte as well as foreign diplomats and civilians visited the major ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev. The Russian seamen saw the sights of Manila, and laid wreaths to the monument to José Protasio Rizal.

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Philippines and Australia agree to enhanced counter terrorism cooperation

The Australian Defence Force will expand its assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to strengthen its long-term ability to combat terrorist threats and prevent the spread of Daesh to our region. Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne said ADF mobile training teams will begin providing urban warfare counter-terrorism training in the Philippines in the coming days. The agreement comes after five months of fierce fighting in the Southern Philippines city Marawi, which was seized by Daesh-aligned terrorists in May. Minister Payne welcomed the announcement by the…

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Smooth sailing in the Philippines

The recent visit to the Philippines, by two Australian Navy ships of the Indo-Pacific Task Group has significantly reinforced the strong defense relationship between Australia and the archipelago. Led by HMAS Adelaide in company with HMAS Darwin, both ships were welcomed to the Port of Manila by the Philippines Navy for a full day of engagements including the visit by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Australian Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin. The Task Group later sailed to Subic Bay for a four-day visit, where…

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Exercise enhances maritime security

Exercise LUMBAS is an annual bi-lateral exercise between the Australia and the Philippines, and is being undertaken concurrently to the Royal Australian Navy’s visit to the region. The long standing and close working relationship between Australia and the Philippines was reinforced with amphibious giant, HMAS Adelaide hosting a visit and capability briefing to participants. Royal Australian Navy, Philippine Navy and other Philippine Government Agencies aim to develop and enhance procedures for the conduct of maritime support operations and maritime interdiction operation throughout the Philippines as a result. HMA Ships Adelaide…

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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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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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U.S. Delivers New Aerostat Radar System to Philippine Navy

Col. Ernest C. Lee, Chief of the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group in the Philippines, formally transferred a new 28M Class Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) to Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy (PN) Vice Adm. Joseph Ronald S. Mercado in a turn-over ceremony at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on August 22, 2017. Vice Adm. Mercado was the guest of honor and keynote speaker, and U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Michael Klecheski also delivered remarks during the turnover. The 28M Class…

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