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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First ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise begins in Thailand

September 1, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will begin the first ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise (AUMX) with opening ceremonies at Sattahip Naval Base, Sept. 2. Co-led by the U.S. and Royal Thai navies, AUMX will consist of pre-sail activities in Thailand, Singapore and Brunei, followed by a sea phase in international waters in Southeast Asia, including the Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea. The exercise will conclude in Singapore. In all, AUMX includes eight warships and four aircraft from…

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US Navy & Coast Guard Take Part in MTA 2019

August 14, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) began Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2019 during an opening ceremony at Lumut Naval Base, Aug. 14. MTA Malaysia 2019 is a continuation of 25 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability. U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of Coast Guard Area Pacific, said that working alongside the U.S. Navy and international partners in this exercise…

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US, Indonesian Navies Conclude CARAT 2019

August 7, 2019 – The 25th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia concluded during a ceremony at the Indonesian Navy’s 2nd Fleet Training Command headquarters Aug. 7. The CARAT exercise series is designed to address shared maritime security concerns and strengthen partnerships. Indonesia has been a participant since the series began in 1995. “Any time we have the opportunity to conduct such extensive and dynamic training, it has an undeniable impact on our ability to effectively integrate forces,” said Capt. Ann McCann, deputy commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON)…

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USS Montgomery Arrives in Singapore

July 6, 2019 – USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore July 6 as part of a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific area of operations. Montgomery’s arrival in Singapore marks the fourth deployment of littoral combat ship to Southeast Asia, which include USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Coronado (LCS 4). “Rotational deployments by our littoral combat ships provide the presence and flexibility that are so important in this region,” said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific. “This…

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USS Montgomery (LCS 8) Completes Combat System Ship Qualification Trials

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) successfully completed Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT), July 1. During the qualification, the crew conducted several trials to validate the performance of their combat systems suite, involving firing exercises and using their 57mm gun against a fast attack craft. The exercise is designed to test the ship’s ability to track and disable high-speed maneuvering surface targets. “The entire Montgomery team has put a lot of hard work and dedication into completing all the required inspections and trials,” said Cmdr. Wayne Liebold, commanding officer and a…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first test period aboard LCS

April 11, 2017 – The Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout returned from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) April 11 after completing initial testing aboard a littoral combat ship. The Fire Scout test team along with Navy Sailors (aboard the USS Montgomery) conducted dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and the ship. “This testing is critical as it provides the flight envelope to safely execute MQ-8C flights from this class of ship,” said Richard Gorman, Fire Scout lead assistant program manager for…

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USS Montgomery Completes Final Contract Trials

March 22, 2017 – Littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) completed final contract trials, March 17, marking the completion of the construction and initial operating testing of the Navy’s eighth LCS. The trials, administered by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey, are part of a series of post-delivery test and trial events through which the ship and its major systems are exercised. The five-day trials began with pre-underway and material condition checks followed by at-sea demonstrations. Trial highlights included combat systems air and surface detect-to-engage scenarios, 57mm gun firing…

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