The San Diego-based littoral combat ship USS Montgomery and an Alameda-based Coast Guard cutter trained last week with a specialized transport and two Malaysian warships.
Joining the Montgomery were the Legend-class cutter USCGC Stratton, the expeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket, the Lekiu-class frigate KD Lekiu and the Kasturi-class corvette KD Gagah Samudera as well as smaller craft and helicopters.
The Millinocket is one of 10 transports positioned around the world that can carry a full company of Marines along with their vehicles.
The annual Maritime Training Activity with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency took place near the city of Lumut on the west coast of Malaysia.
The exercise included hundreds of sailors and coast guardsmen from both nations who participated in five days of at-sea and onshore training designed to enhance naval interoperability. It was the first time the exercise involved the two allied countries’ coast guards.
“This is partnership in action,” said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander of Task Force 73. “The skills and trust built while working together at sea are at the heart of maritime security.”
Capt. Matthew Jerbi, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7, said the annual training “has allowed us to constantly evolve and push the boundaries of maritime bilateral capabilities.”
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