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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RSS Daring and RSS Resilience Retire After Decades of Distinguished Service

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) decommissioned two Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs) RSS Daring and RSS Resilience at a sunset ceremony at Tuas Naval Base July 19. Officiated by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Lew Chuen Hong, the ceremony marked the progressive handing over of duties from the PVs to the new Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs). The Fearless-class PVs, which have been operational since 1996, were the first warships that were designed and built in Singapore. RSS Daring and RSS Resilience were commissioned by then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister…

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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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ST Engineering Adopts Masterbrand for its Subsidiaries to Drive Growth in Key Global Markets

ST Engineering is undertaking a group-wide branding exercise to firstly, adopt a single brand approach by harmonizing all its corporate brands by using “ST Engineering” as a master brand, and secondly to align the nomenclature of its subsidiaries’ company legal names with that of “ST Engineering”. The brand harmonization and alignment of company legal names will take effect from 1 June 2018 in a phased approach. The brand harmonization will help drive higher brand visibility and position the Group for greater commercial impact and marketing presence as it expands into…

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7th Fleet Kicks Off Southeast Asia TSC Patrol

Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet departed Changi Naval Base, Singapore May 19, aboard USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) for a theater security cooperation (TSC) patrol in Southeast Asia. Following flag-level staff talks between U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies, the TSC patrol gets underway with 40 embarked staff members in a goodwill mission consisting of port calls and bilateral events in several Southeast Asian countries. “We have been a constant presence in the region for the last 75 years, and welcome this opportunity to work with our allies and partners in…

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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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Oklahoma City Visits Singapore for the 2nd Time During Deployment

USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) arrived in Singapore May 3 for a second visit during its deployment to the Indo-Pacific. With a crew of approximately 150, Oklahoma City will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. Oklahoma City is one of the most capable and reliable submarines in the world. This submarine is able to support a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, strike and intelligence, and surveillance and reconnaissance. Oklahoma City was commissioned in 1988 and has been…

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USS Preble Returns Home from Deployment

USS Preble (DDG 88) returns to its homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 27, after more than six months on a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. While deployed, Preble conducted security, stability and freedom of navigation operations throughout the Arabian Sea, Indo-Pacific region, and surrounding waters. The ship was underway for more than 173 days and conducted approximately 1,000 flight hours with the ship’s embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, Det. 5 Easyriders. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication…

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USS Oklahoma City Visits Singapore

USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) arrived in Singapore March 16 for a visit as part of her deployment to the Indo-Pacific. With a crew of approximately 150, Oklahoma City will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. “Oklahoma City is a highly capable warship that has reliably answered the call of duty to defend the United States and her allies and partners around the world,” said Cmdr. Thomas O’Donnell, Oklahoma City’s commanding officer. “We stand by our motto ‘The Sonner, The…

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Royal Navy and Royal Marines join major French deployment

Around 40 Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel and two Wildcat helicopters have joined the French naval task force, Jeanne D’Arc, for a five-month mission. The ship’s port calls will include Jakarta, Bali, Darwin, Saigon and Singapore. British personnel will take part in amphibious exercises and Defence Engagement. This builds on the UK’s very successful participation in last year’s Jeanne D’Arc mission. The UK’s contribution to France’s annual Jeanne D’Arc naval deployment demonstrates a shared commitment from both countries to enhance their maritime cooperation in home waters and around the…

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Bremerton visits Singapore during Indo-Pacific Deployment

USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived in Singapore Feb. 14, 2018 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. With a crew of approximately 140, Bremerton will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. For some of the crew, this is their first time visiting Singapore. USS Bremerton, commissioned on March 28th, 1981, is named after the city of Bremerton, Wash. It is the tenth ship of the Los Angeles-class attack submarines. The vessel is 362-feet long, displaces…

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USS Pearl Harbor visits Singapore

USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Singapore, Jan. 2. Pearl Harbor’s visit to Singapore will not only allow the ship to conduct routine maintenance but it will give Sailors and Marines the opportunity to enjoy the rich culture of the country after working hours. “Contributing to regional stability and security is a world mission that the United States cannot do on its own,” said Cmdr. Kevin Dean, Pearl Harbor’s executive officer. “As we integrate our capabilities with other countries, it is…

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USS America Returns to Singapore

USS America (LHA 6) along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Singapore for a scheduled port visit Dec. 22. While this is not America’s first time visiting the country, the Sailors and Marines look forward to visiting Singapore for the holiday. “The America team is honored to visit Singapore,” said Commanding Officer Joseph Olson. “Our visit is an opportunity for the ship to replenish supplies, and experience the country’s rich culture as we represent our country as ambassadors of goodwill during the holidays.” Since the ship recently…

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