Indonesian, U.S. navies conduct operations in South China Sea

The U.S. and Indonesian navies concluded three days of at-sea bilateral operations in the South China Sea from April 12-14.

The operations included the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) and the Indonesian Navy, known as Tentera Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL), corvette KRI Bung Tomo (FF 357), focused on building interoperability and strengthening relationships.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our crew and our country to be able to work at sea alongside our partners and I am proud to be a part of it,” said Cmdr. Erik Roberts, commanding officer of Momsen. “We’re committed to strengthening interoperability with like-minded regional partners to ensure our forces can operate together effectively.”

The U.S.-Indonesia bilateral operations focused on division tactics, a passing exercise, and formation sailing, provided the U.S. and Indonesian navies an opportunity to exercise together, increase interoperability and work together towards common maritime goals.

Momsen is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet is the largest forward-deployed fleet and routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect critical regional partnerships.

Text credit: Mass Communication 3rd Class Lily Gebauer, Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15 Public Affairs.

Photo credit: Petty Officer 3rd Class Lily Gebauer.  SOUTH CHINA SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) and the Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut, Bung Tomo-class corvette KRI Bung Tomo (FF 357) conducted bilateral training. 

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