Thursday, October 03, 2013

Chosin Unites with World Navies for an International Exercise

Chosin Unites with World Navies for an International Exercise

By Ensign Peter Walz, USS Chosin (CG 65) Public Affairs
JERVIS BAY, Australia (NNS) -- The exercise, scheduled to run through Oct. 18, dubbed ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+) brought together Navy personal and ships from a number of Indo-Asian-Pacific countries and global navies.

"The aim of the exercise is to promote training and information sharing among participating countries and build a common understanding of procedures pertaining to maritime security matters," said Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Booher, operations officer of Chosin.

Key naval staff were ferried from their mother ships anchored in Jervis Bay by a small personnel boat. The vessel was filled with a diverse blend of military dress and camouflage uniforms, each with their unique design and color as the cultures they came from.

Participants included staff from: Australia, Brunei, China, France, FS Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jebat, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Spain, Tonga, Thailand, Vietnam, and the USA.

As part of the exercise, some military leaders exchanged views while living aboard partner ships. Three Vietnamese Officers joined the crew of Chosin.

"This is a great learning opportunity for all involved" said, Sr. Capt. Mai Duc Tran. of the Vietnam Navy.

The three day exercise included ship boarding and security exercises, flight operations and fleet movements which will culminate with an International Fleet Review to include public ship tours, pyrotechnic lightshow and parade to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney.

Chosin is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance maritime partnerships and promote peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

For more news from Commander Task Force 70, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf70/.

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