U.S. and 10 Southeast Asian nations setting naval exercises
Four aircraft, eight warships and more than a thousand personel from United States and 10 Asian countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are taking part in the first ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise.
The exercise will start at the Sattahip Naval Base in Thailand and end in Singapore. Leading by the US and Royal Thai navies, the exercises will stretch into “international waters in Southeast Asia. Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea were also partd of the plan. All 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will take part in the exercises. According to plan, those exercises are including the boarding of target vessels to simulate search and seizure.
“AUMX builds greater maritime security on the strength of Asean, the strength of our navy-to-navy bonds, and the strength of our shared belief in a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Rear Admiral Joey Tynch, in the name of US Navy’s security cooperation in Southeast Asia.
Maritime Business World