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Reflections on Papua New Guinea

Deputy Mission Commander for Pacific Partnership 2015, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN inspects a Bougainville Copra warehouse. Pacific Partnership is an annual US sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance mission aimed at strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations in the Asia-Pacific region. The Australian Defence Force is participating alongside regional military partners from the United States, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada, Fiji, Timor Leste and Singapore. Through Pacific Partnership, Australia is enhancing our ability to improve military and civilian coordination among nations and organisations that share a common interest in maintaining a stable and secure Asia-Pacific.

By Capt. Brian Delamont, Royal Australian Navy Pacific Partnership 2015, Deputy Mission Commander Our Pacific Partnership schedule of events is based on requests by the host nations, and Arawa, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea was assessed as having the greatest need due to a generation of conflict …

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The Navy as an Extension of Diplomacy

By VADM James G. Foggo Commander, 6th Fleet Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO “A good Navy is not a provocation of war.  It is the surest guarantee of peace.”  -Theodore Roosevelt On 8 June I reported in this media forum on the launch of 49 ships from the …

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Former U.S. Coast Guard Ship Plays Critical Role in Ghana Navy

TEMA, Ghana (March 19, 2015) – GNS Bonsu, a former U.S. Coast Guard ship sold to the Ghana navy in 2001, is moored at the port of Tema, Ghana, March 19, 2015. Bonsu is currently docked as it awaits repairs, and is scheduled to participate in work-up trials later this summer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luis R. Chavez Jr/Released)

On December 31, 1943, Marine Iron & Ship Builders of Duluth, Minn., launched the Sweetbrier, a 180-foot Balsam Class U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender. Nearly 72 years later, a multinational group of navies practiced visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations on board the Sweetbrier, known since 2001 as the …

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Foal Eagle 2015 and the U.S.-ROK Alliance: A Photo Essay

The U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations.  This year being the 62nd anniversary of the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty, our shared commitment to democracy and sustained partnership provide a foundation for the enduring friendship that tightly …

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Working with a Region on the Rise: Reflections on CARAT 2014

CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore (July 30, 2014) Military members from the U.S., the Republic of Singapore and Australia discuss the at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2014.

By Capt. Fred Kacher Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7 The 20th year of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) bilateral exercise series came to a close last week as we completed CARAT Brunei following a very successful underway phase. Spanning from initial planning conferences beginning in January all the way …

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CARAT Cambodia 2014: Exercise in Review

By Lt. Lauryn Dempsey Destroyer Squadron 7 Public Affairs Officer The fifth convening of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise took place in and around Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Oct. 27-31. Ms. Julie Chung, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Vice Adm. …

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Power of Partnerships

CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore (July 30, 2014) – Lt. Amy Enron explains landing procedures to members of the Republic of Singapore Navy aboard the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)

By Capt. Fred Kacher Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7 Having spent the past 20 months forward-deployed to Southeast Asia, first as deputy commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7 and now as the commodore, I’m convinced this region is one of the world’s preeminent maritime theaters and it will play an even greater role …

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