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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Pacific Partnership 2019 concludes after 7-nation mission

May 28, 2019 – Pacific Partnership 2019 (PP19) participants embarked aboard USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) arrived in Singapore May 28, marking the conclusion of the 14th iteration. This was the first year to feature two expeditionary fast transport ships. Fall River and USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) served as the platforms for this year’s mission. Teams attached to the ships made stops in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, and Thailand. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual, multilateral disaster response…

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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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USNS Fall River Arrives in Kuching for Pacific Partnership

March 28, 2019 – USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4), a Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship, arrived in Kuching, Malaysia as part of Pacific Partnership 2019, March 27. Malaysia has participated each year since Pacific Partnership began in response to the December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of South and Southeast Asia. The mission 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. “A lot of hard work has gone into the…

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14th Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Disaster Response Cooperation

March 5, 2019 – The U.S. Navy will join allied and partner nation forces for the 14th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin March 4. This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness, resiliency and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Pacific. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual, multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. This year’s mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 1, embarked in the expeditionary fast transport ships USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) and USNS…

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14th Pacific Partnership mission to enhance disaster response cooperation, ties

March 4, 2019 – The U.S. Navy has joined allied and partner nation forces for the 14th Pacific Partnership mission, beginning, March 4. This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness, resiliency and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Pacific. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual, multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. This year’s mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 1, embarked in the expeditionary fast transport ships USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) and USNS Fall River…

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CARAT Exercise Kicks Off with US, Brunei Navy

November 12, 2018 – The U.S. and Royal Brunei Navy commenced the 24th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise at Muara Naval Base, Brunei, Nov. 12. The sea phase will take place in the South China Sea with ships and aircrafts from both partner navies including the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) and a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. Evolutions at-sea will include a tracking exercise (TRACKEX) aimed at increasing both navies’ ability to together track and pursue targets through the coordinated deployment of…

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Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Disaster Response Cooperation, Strengthen Ties in Indo-Asia-Pacific

The U.S. Navy will join allied and partner nation militaries for the 13th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin Feb 23. This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness, resiliency and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. This year’s mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 and staff, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and the expeditionary fast transport ship…

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USNS Fall River Completes Voyage Repair in Thailand

USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) completed a 28-day voyage repair availability in Laem Chabang, Thailand, Feb. 13. The visit provided an opportunity for Fall River to complete critical maintenance, allowing the ship to continue theater security cooperation efforts in enhancing relationships with partner nations throughout the region. “The ability to conduct voyage repairs in Laem Chabang represents the strong relationship we have with the nation and people of Thailand,” said Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. “By conducting maintenance away from the ship’s homeport, the U.S. Navy is…

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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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Pacific Partnership 2017 makes mission stop in Port Klang

April 7, 2017 – Pacific Partnership 2017, embarked aboard Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4), arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia, Apr. 8. The arrival marks Malaysia’s 12th year as a participant in Pacific Partnership, as well as its second year as a host nation, after making its debut as a Pacific Partnership mission stop in 2016. As the second mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2017, activities in Malaysia will include humanitarian aid and disaster response preparedness exercises, medical exchanges, civil engineering projects and community engagement…

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USNS Fall River Makes Goodwill Visit to Myanmar

March 20, 2017 – Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) is slated to make make a goodwill visit to Yangon, Myanmar, March 21-25. The visit will aim to enhance friendship and cultural exchange between U.S. service members and the people of Myanmar. The ship is transiting between mission stops in Sri Lanka and Malaysia for the annual Pacific Partnership mission, a multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA/DR) preparedness operation which promotes greater cooperation between nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific. While in Myanmar, the crew of Fall…

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Pacific Partnership 2017 makes inaugural mission stop in Sri Lanka

  March 7, 2017 – Pacific Partnership 2017 made its initial mission stop in Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mar. 7 with the arrival of the United States Navy’s expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4), marking the first mission to Sri Lanka in the 12-year history of the annual civil-military operation.  The Pacific Partnership mission in Sri Lanka continues through March 18 and will make follow-on mission stops in Malaysia and Vietnam.  Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific…

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Navy Command Prepares for Pacific Partnership Mission

February 16, 2017 — Staff from Navy Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center Site Singapore, are providing logistical support for the joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River here today, initiating the final preparation phase for the 12th annual Pacific Partnership mission that will run from March through June. The Fall River is the mission platform for Pacific Partnership 17, a multilateral mission that helps regional nations to improve their disaster response preparedness and capacities while enhancing partnerships throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Supporting Pacific Partnership Mission “We are handling all of the critical…

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