US Coast Guard conduct training exercise with Bakamla

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – U.S. Coast Guard Munro (WMSL 755) conducted operations and exercises with the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency and Coast Guard – known as Bakamla – in the Straits of Singapore on 20 September 2021.

The crew of the US Coast Guard and Bakamla participated in ship-to-ship communication exercises, multi-unit maneuvers and maritime domain knowledge at sea, according to a written statement released by the US Embassy on Wednesday. in Jakarta.

“These maritime exercises with our Indonesian partners forge a stronger relationship, allowing our respective crews to work together and build on each other’s strengths,” said Munro’s commander, Captain Blake Novak.

“Strengthening our alliances and partnerships fosters our unified commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and promotes peace, security, prosperity and the sovereign rights of all nations,” Noval said.

The US Coast Guard’s partnership with Indonesia has grown steadily, he said.

In 2019, Coast Guard Stratton conducted engagements with Bakamla as part of the Western Pacific deployment, including a stopover in Batam and an exercise in Riau Islands Province. The Stratton also participated in cooperative afloat preparation and training with the Indonesian Navy in 2019, according to the press release.

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Munro, a 418-foot national security cutter, left her home port of Alameda, Calif., In July for a multi-month deployment to the western Pacific, Novak said.

Operating under the tactical control of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, the cutter and her crew engage in professional exchanges and capacity building exercises with partner nations and patrol and conduct operations as instructed, a- he added.

National security cutters like Munro have advanced command and control capabilities, aviation support facilities, launching of rear cutter boats, and increased endurance for on-the-go patrols. long range, allowing the crew to disrupt threats to national security further offshore, he said.

“The United States Coast Guard is proud to operate with the Indonesian Maritime Safety Agency and the Coast Guard to enhance their capabilities, strengthen maritime governance, security and promote a rules-based international order,” said the United States. Vice Admiral Michael F. McAllister, Commander of the United States Coast. Guard for the Pacific area.

“Strengthening partnerships contributes to the region’s maritime common good in search and rescue, law enforcement, marine environmental response and other areas of mutual interest,” added McAllister.

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