U.S., Philippines, Japan kick off Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama

October 13, 2019 – The U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) began Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama with an opening ceremony in Puerto Princesa, Oct. 14. This is the third iteration of MTA Sama Sama, a maritime exercise designed to promote regional security cooperation, maintain and strengthen maritime partnerships, and enhance maritime interoperability. This is the first year the JMSDF will participate, alongside U.S. and Philippine naval counterparts. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific, who oversees security cooperation for…

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CARAT 2019: Building Security Through Maritime Domain Awareness

June 20, 2019 – The U.S. and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted a series of training events focused on maritime domain awareness (MDA), culminating with scenarios conducted by ships and aircraft in the Gulf of Thailand during this year’s Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand. The training included knowledge exchanges focused on techniques and tools used in sharing information against maritime threats, as well as legal discussions and tabletop exercises, to prepare for the hands-on portion of the exercise. According to Lt. David Copeland, MDA expert for Destroyer Squadron…

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USNS Millinocket arrives in Manila with embarked 7th Fleet Staff

USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff Sailors and Marines arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines June 11. Manila is the final port of the U.S. 7th Fleet theater security cooperation (TSC) patrol. More than 40 servicemembers including the U.S. 7th Fleet band and Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) Marines will participate in community relations projects and band engagements while here, as well as experience the local culture and interact with the city’s citizens. Many of the Philippine-born staff also look forward to reconnecting with…

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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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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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U.S. Navy joins 30-plus nations for Multinational Exercise Komodo

The U.S. Navy is scheduled to join more than 30 nations, May 4-9, for the Multinational Exercise Komodo on and in the waters near Lombok Island, Indonesia. The exercise is slated to bring together navies from across the world to rehearse scenarios focused on collaborative solutions, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and maritime domain awareness.  “Komodo joins navies from around the world in a spirit of cooperation and friendship,” said Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander, Task Force 73. “Today’s security challenges transcend borders and require collaborative security efforts. Komodo fosters…

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USNS Millinocket Marks First Visit to Makassar, Indonesia

USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3) departed, Makassar, Indonesia May 4 marking the first visit by the Navy. The port visit served to strengthen the U.S.-Indonesia partnership while reinforcing mutual commitment to bilateral and multilateral exercises and future port visits in Indonesia. “The U.S. Navy’s first-ever visit to Makassar is a result of the strong relationship we have with the partner nation including the people of Indonesia,” said Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. “Our continued visits to Makassar will enhance the U.S. Navy’s operational flexibility to remain forward deployed…

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Ninth Expeditionary Fast Transport Latest Arrival in Highly-Adaptable Ship Class

Later this month USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) will join the fleet as part of a class of ships that is quickly becoming recognized as adaptable and innovative. As the world’s oceans become more heavily trafficked and more contested, this adaptability and innovation will be meeting our Navy’s future requirements and missions. USNS City of Bismarck will be the ninth of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF). As one of the Navy’s newest ship classes, the non-combatant EPFs provide warfighters with a ship that can be configured and reconfigured to…

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