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 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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USNS Pililaau delivers exercise Cobra Gold essentials

Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) maritime prepositioning ship (MPS) USNS Pililaau (T-AK 304) arrived in port Feb. 5 and offloaded equipment marked for various locations in Thailand to support exercise Cobra Gold 2018. Cobra Gold 2018 is a Thailand and United States co-sponsored exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand. The Pililaau, a large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) platform, was the first of three ships to arrive and offload equipment for CG18. The other vessels were operated under a U.S. Army Pacific contract to deliver additional CG18 equipment. “We originated from…

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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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