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 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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USNS Mercy arrives in Vietnam for Pacific Partnership

Service members and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Nha Trang, May 17. The mission in Nha Trang will continue through June 2 and feature U.S. and partner nation personnel working side-by-side with Vietnamese medical professionals, participating in civil engineering projects, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) readiness drills, and partnering in community outreach engagements. This year’s Pacific Partnership mission in Nha Trang will be joined by personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force embarked in JS…

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Visit of Indian Naval Ships to Vietnam

As part of ongoing operational deployment of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships to South East Asia and North West Pacific region, three Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet shall be making a port call at Tien Sa Port, Da Nang from 21-25 May 2018. During the visit, there would be professional interaction between personnel of both the navies, official calls and interaction with dignitaries of the Vietnamese Government. Visits by local populace, guided tours…

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USNS Mercy Departs Sri Lanka

Sailors participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Trincomalee aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) May 9, bound for the mission’s fourth port visit in Nha Trang, Vietnam. “We’ve continued to build upon the partnerships we forged during prior Pacific Partnerships,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “The teamwork I saw between the Sri Lankans and all of our partner nations gives me great confidence that as we leave here we are all better prepared to respond to potential disasters.” While in port, Sailors from…

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Royal Australian Navy Ships visit Vietnam

HMA Ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success have completed a port visit to Vietnam, as part of a three month South East Asia deployment. During the port visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Anzac, Toowoomba and Success conducted a logistic resupply and local engagement with Vietnam People’s Armed Forces and local government officials. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said Anzac, Toowoomba and Success’ deployment provided an opportunity to continue to build a working relationship with Vietnamese counterparts and engagement with Australia’s ASEAN partners. “I am particularly pleased that…

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United States Transfers Six Metal Shark Patrol Boats to Vietnam

The bilateral partnership between the United States and Vietnam continues to reach new heights—with the back-to-back U.S. presidential visits to Vietnam from President Obama in 2016 and President Trump in 2017, a visit by the top U.S. defense official, Secretary of Defense James Mattis in January 2018, the historic U.S. Navy aircraft carrier—USS Carl Vinson—visit at the beginning of this month, and now the inaugural visit of Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within half of the world that ranges from the waterways within…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs Vietnam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Da Nang, Vietnam, March 9, completing a historic visit that marked the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has visited the country in more than 40 years. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) departed following a four-day port call. The strike group will continue a regularly scheduled deployment in the Indo-Pacific region. “We feel very honored to have been part of this historic visit,” said Rear Adm. John…

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U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a scheduled port call March 5, marking the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has visited the country in more than 40 years. The aircraft carrier arrived with two escort ships, cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). The Carl Vinson Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in the Indo-Pacific region. “The visit marks an enormously significant milestone in our bilateral relations and demonstrates U.S. support for a strong, prosperous,…

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Carl Vinson to Visit Vietnam in March

The United States and Vietnam are “like-minded partners” that have a forward-looking relationship, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today as he concluded a visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Mattis and Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich met today to discuss regional security issues. The secretary said he also met with the president of Vietnam and the general secretary of the Communist Party there. “This is the normal coordination, collaboration, consultation, as we work out a relationship with Vietnam, and leaving things in the past as our starting…

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China, Vietnam wrap up 23rd joint patrol in Beibu Gulf

China and Vietnam wrapped up their 23rd joint patrol in the Beibu Gulf on December 3, 2017, and maintained the order and stability in the Beibu Gulf area and common fishing zone. Both sides, by conducting communication verification and joint research and rescue exercises in the joint patrol, further deepened their traditional good-neighbor relationship and promoted healthy and steady development of the two countries’ mil-to-mil relations. China and Vietnam each assigned two naval vessels to participate in the joint patrol and exercise. After arriving at the rally point on the…

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Chinese navy to hold joint patrol with Vietnam

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy will hold a joint patrol with the Vietnamese Navy in the Beibu Gulf in December, a Chinese official said Thursday. The joint patrol, scheduled for the first ten days of the month, will include drills on communication and joint rescue, Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, said at a regular press conference. Stressing that China places great importance on military relations with Vietnam, Wu said that China is willing to jointly maintain stability and order in the Beibu Gulf and…

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Royal Malaysian Navy ships visit Ho Chi Minh City

The missile frigate KD LEKIU and training ship GAGAH SAMUDERA of the Royal Malaysian Navy arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on November 25, beginning a four-day goodwill visit to Vietnam. The Royal Malaysian Navy delegation included 254 officers and sailors led by Naval Colonel Mohd Fadzli bin Mod, captain of the missile frigate KD LEKIU. During the visit, they will paid courtesy visits to leaders of the municipal People’s Committee, Naval Region 2 High Command, and meet with young officers at the Middle School on Naval Engineering. They are…

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Chinese ocean-going naval task group ends visits to 20 countries

A Chinese naval task group on an ocean-going visit mission came back to a naval port in Zhoushan City , Zhejiang Province of East China, on Oct 15, after completing its mission of visiting 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The task group consisted of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu. The 176-day-long mission, with a navigational distance of more than 31,000 nautical miles, covered two oceans and three continents. Since its departure on April 23, the Chinese naval task group…

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Pacific protection paramount in counter proliferation

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials. The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks, tools and capabilities to counter illicit weapons of mass destruction-related trade across the globe. Participants will take part in academic sessions, a table top…

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