USS Preble visits Thailand

March 18, 2019 – USS Preble (DDG 88) arrived in Phuket for a scheduled port visit, March 18. During Preble’s visit, her crew will take in local culture, go on tours of local attractions and have time to relax and to enjoy the city. “As U.S. Navy Sailors, we are ambassadors of the United States and this port visit is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen ties in the Indo-Pacific region” said Cmdr. Leonardo Giovannelli, Preble’s commanding officer. The routine port visit 1s part of the continuance of the relationship as…

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Việt Nam calls for cooperation in maritime incident settlement

March 8, 2019 – Sen. Lt. Gen. Phan Văn Giang, Chief of the General Staff of the Việt Nam People’s Army, has urged law enforcement forces and navies of ASEAN countries to enhance co-operation at sea. Giang, who is also Deputy Minister of National Defence of Việt Nam, made the call in his speech at the 16th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces’ Meeting (ACDFM-16) in Pattaya, Thailand, yesterday. He lauded the meeting’s theme of sustainable security, saying it reflects the wish to strengthen co-operation among ASEAN militaries and all member…

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USS John C. Stennis Arrives in Laem Chebang, Thailand

February 10, 2019 – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrived in Laem Chebang, Thailand, for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between Thailand and the United States, Feb. 10. During the visit, the John C. Stennis crew will participate in a series of community service projects and sporting events while experiencing Thai culture. “Our Sailors are enthusiastic and appreciative for this opportunity to visit Thailand,” said Rear Adm. Mike Wettlaufer, commander, Carrier Strike Group 3. “We look forward to enhancing our partnership with…

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Cape Hudson Sails the Pacific Pathways, Delivers for Cobra Gold

January 25, 2019 – Military Sealift Command (MSC) chartered ship M/V Cape Hudson (T-AKR 5066) continued its voyage through the Pacific and arrived at Sattahip, Thailand, to offload equipment in support of exercise Cobra Gold 2019, Jan 21-25. The Cape Hudson began the voyage from its home base in San Francisco and took on cargo in Tacoma, Wash., Hawaii, Guam, and Japan. Thailand was the first point of discharge at the ports of Thung Prong and Chuk Samet and the ship offloaded approximately 435 end items and containers in about…

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USS Essex Visits Phuket

January 24, 2019 – USS Essex (LHD 2) and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Phuket, Thailand Jan. 24 for a port visit. After almost five weeks at sea, the port visit was a chance for Sailors and Marines to relax and enjoy Thailand’s culture, cuisine and tropical beaches while fostering relationships between the two nations. “Our Sailors and Marines have been working tirelessly throughout the deployment, and this port visit gives them a chance to relax and strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and Thailand through…

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Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

September 26, 2018 – In the series of meetings of IONS Working Group (IWG) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), the 3rd meeting is scheduled at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam from 27 to 28 September 2018. IONS, the 21st century’s first significant international maritime security initiative launched in February 2008, provides a forum for discussion of regional maritime issues and promotes friendly relationships among member nations. It presently has 24 members and eight observer navies. Participants from the IWG member nations including Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Indonesia, Iran,…

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Regional Ties Strengthened As Exercise Kakadu Wraps Up In the Top End

September 13, 2018 – Exercise KAKADU 2018, Australia’s largest multilateral maritime and air exercise, drew to a close in Darwin today, after a fortnight of activities aimed at enhancing regional maritime security. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said KAKADU was a military highpoint for Australia as well as a significant diplomatic achievement, with this year’s exercise involving 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and 3000 personnel from 27 visiting nations. “The size and success of KAKADU is evidence of Australia’s growing reputation as a trusted and capable…

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17th SEACAT Exercise Kicks-Off with 9 Nations

August 28, 2018 – The 17th annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise commenced Aug. 27 with nine partner nations in Singapore. The exercise focuses on increasing maritime domain awareness through collaborative and coordinated sharing of information toward ensuring a common understanding of what is going on in the maritime environment and how best to operate as an effective unified maritime force. SEACAT brings Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, U.S., Thailand and Vietnam together in a series of tailored seminars including a comprehensive…

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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, Thailand Continues to Expand Partnership with 24th CARAT Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy began the 24th iteration of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Pattaya, Thailand, June 14. The multi-nation exercise series is organized in bilateral phases with regional nations and is designed to enhance capabilities in a broad spectrum of naval operations. The exercise series features cooperative evolutions that highlight the ability of partner nations to work together towards the common goal of ensuring a free, open, and stable Indo-Pacific maritime security environment. “Twenty-four years of engagement through…

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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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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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Exercise Cobra Gold strengthens interoperability, regional relationships

Some 5,800 U.S. service members, working in Thailand alongside forces from 29 partner nations, have wrapped up one of the largest security cooperation exercises in the Indo-Pacific region. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters today that Cobra Gold 18, which ended Feb. 23, sought to improve participants’ capability to plan and conduct combined and joint operations, to build relationships among participating nations across the region, and to improve interoperability over a range of activities, including enhancing maritime security and responding to large-scale natural disasters. Three Phases to Success…

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