Tanjung Priok Port, MINA – The United States (US) Seventh Fleet flagship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) docked at Tanjung Priok port, Jakarta on Wednesday.
The oldest warship with nearly five decades of age visited Jakarta when the United States and Indonesia celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations this year.
The Commander of the US 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Pihilip G. Sawyer said that they came Jakarta to conduct meetings with Indonesian Navy (TNI AL).
The meeting included regular staff talks, professional exchanges and exercises such as Readiness Partnership and Floating Readiness Training (CARAT) and Southeast Asian Cooperation and Training (SEACAT).
The Indonesian Navy also participates in multilateral exercises such as Cobra Gold and RIMPAC, and organizes two-year Komodo dragons in Indonesia.
“My sailors hope to explore this extraordinary city (Jakarta) and I hope to be able to meet with my TNI-AL colleagues,” Vice Rear Admiral Phil Sawyer said, as quoted by dvidshub.net.
“Our strong partnership with the Indonesian Navy is based on democratic values and common interests as a maritime country,” he added.
The US 7th Fleet provides security with allies and partners throughout the free and open Indo-Pacific. As the largest fleet, the 7th Fleet operates around 50-70 submarines and 140 aircraft with around 20,000 Sailors.
As a mainstay of the 7th Fleet, Blue Ridge, also provides command and cellular control capabilities throughout the Indo-Pacific. (T/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)