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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USNS Fall River Completes Voyage Repair in Thailand

USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) completed a 28-day voyage repair availability in Laem Chabang, Thailand, Feb. 13. The visit provided an opportunity for Fall River to complete critical maintenance, allowing the ship to continue theater security cooperation efforts in enhancing relationships with partner nations throughout the region. “The ability to conduct voyage repairs in Laem Chabang represents the strong relationship we have with the nation and people of Thailand,” said Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. “By conducting maintenance away from the ship’s homeport, the U.S. Navy is…

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Bonhomme Richard Departs Laem Chabang, Kicks Off CG18

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Laem Chabang, Thailand, Feb. 14, following a scheduled port visit and an opening ceremony for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 (CG18).   While in port, Bonhomme Richard leaders attended the CG18 opening ceremony, Feb. 13, which marked the beginning of one of the Indo-Pacific region’s largest multinational exercises. Designed to integrate the U.S. military with the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of Thailand and other partner nations, Cobra Gold demonstrates the commitment of the Kingdom of Thailand and the U.S. as long-standing allies.   “Our…

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Cobra Gold exercise to to kick off in mid-February

Thailand and the United States will co-host the 37th iteration of the annual theater security cooperation event exercise Cobra Gold at various locations throughout the Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 13-23, 2018. Cobra Gold is one of the largest theater security cooperation exercises in the Indo-Pacific region and is an integral part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen engagement in the region. Similar to last year, Cobra Gold 18 includes coordination on civic action such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in an effort to expand regional cooperation and collaboration in…

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Bonhomme Richard Departs Okinawa for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Feb. 2, following the embarkation of Marines assigned to the 3d Marine Division (MARDIV) and is bound for Thailand for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 During the visit, Bonhomme Richard embarked 3d MARDIV personnel, equipment and supplies in preparation for multinational combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold 2018. “The Sailors and Marines did an outstanding job onloading equipment and supplies, and now with the 3d Marine Division part of the Bonhomme Richard blue-green team, we are ready to continue with…

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USS Pinckney Returns to San Diego After Deployment

USS Pinckney (DDG 91) returned to Naval Base San Diego, Dec. 10, following a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf. Pinckney left her homeport of San Diego in June with an embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75. As part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, the ship and her crew sailed nearly 52,000 miles during the deployment – equivalent to roughly twice around the world. Sailors participated in high-value unit escort missions and supported a joint task force during President Donald Trump’s Southeast…

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PLA Navy Sends Destroyer to AESEAN Fleet Review in Thailand

At the invitation of the Royal Thai Navy, China’s guided-missile destroyer Zhengzhou (Hull 151) set sail Thursday from a naval port in Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province for Thailand to participate in the International Fleet Review 2017 marking the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The International Fleet Review 2017 will be held in and around Pattaya Bay of Thailand from 13 to 22 November. The Chinese destroyer and its sailors will join more than 40 warships and 10,000 naval soldiers from 30 countries…

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