Boxer Arrives in Phuket June 8

June 10, 2019 – USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Phuket, Thailand June 8 for a scheduled port visit. The port visit is 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 visit is an opportunity for the ship to replenish supplies, and an important relationship-strengthening opportunity with Thailand,” said Capt. Ronald Dowdell, Boxer’s commanding officer. “Sailors have an opportunity to get some well-deserved rest and enjoy…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour Joint Task Force returns to Australia

May 26, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has returned to Australia following a three-month regional engagement mission to South and South East Asia. The flagship HMAS Canberra will anchor off Darwin tomorrow, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017. Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said this third iteration of IPE was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). “With four ships and various…

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USNS Fall River Arrives in Thailand for PP19’s Final Mission Stop

May 18, 2019 – USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4), a Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship, arrived in Sattahip, Thailand for the final mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2019, May 18. Pacific Partnership has evolved over the years from emphasis on direct care to an operation focused on enhancing partnerships through host nation subject matter expert and civil-military exchanges. “Our collaboration will benefit the people in the Indo-Pacific Region,” said Royal Thai Armed Forces Lt. Col. Sasipandh Hiranwong, a planner for the mission stop in Thailand. “We hope that…

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BNS Prottoy Port Call in Phuket

May 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – Capt. Suchart Thammapitavech Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Region 3, along with the troops in the Navy, Region 3, welcomed the BNS PROTTOY Navy, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh On the occasion of visiting Thailand between 12 – 15 May 1982 with the objective of promoting the relationship between the Navy And the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Navy After joining the international maritime parade (International Fleet Review 2019) and attended the Naval Seminar in Qingdao, China As well as wishes to participate in various…

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China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise

A total of 13 naval vessels from China and Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Brunei, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, steam in formation in the waters off Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, during the maritime maneuver phase of the China-Southeast Asian countries joint naval exercise on April 26, 2019. The three-day joint naval exercise, which concluded on April 27, focused on such subjects as formation maneuver, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), joint search and rescue and other 5 operations. Photos by Pu Haiyang.

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USS Blue Ridge Visits Thailand

April 2, 2019 – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Laem Chabang for a port visit, April. 3. During the visit, 7th Fleet will host counterparts from the Royal Thai Navy for professional exchanges, while the crew will have opportunities to explore the area during tours and community relations projects alongside local citizens. The 7th Fleet band will play several public concerts in Bangkok and Pattaya. The visit reflects nearly 200 years of friendly U.S.-Thai relations, a longstanding security alliance and enduring navy-to-navy partnership. Several…

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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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