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MTA exercise strengthens Malaysia-US ties

Last Update: 14/08/2019

LUMUT, Aug 14 (Bernama) -- The Maritime Training Activity (MTA) exercise between the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and the United States Navy (US Navy), which has been implemented since 2017, has been seen capable of strengthening the dynamic ties between the two countries.

RMN Western Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Datuk Aris Adi Tan Abdullah the exercise is being held at the Lumut Naval Base and along the Straits of Melaka.

“This exercise involves various activities, including friendly match, subject matter expert exchange and field training exercise.

“And for the first time, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) are joining the MTA,” he told reporters after launching the MTA at the Lumut Naval Base here today.

Aris Adi also described the exercise as a golden opportunity for RMN and MMEA to improve their ability and capability through experience sharing and knowledge exchange.

Meanwhile, USCG Pacific Area Commander, Vice-Admiral Linda L. Fagan said she believed that both parties would benefit so much from the exercise.

“It's an opportunity for officers and crew members to interact and learn from each other and to understand what it means to operate as professional maritime services. I’m confident that everyone will learn a lot from each other and all of us will be better.  

“This is a good opportunity. Engaging with key partners in this region and helping each other to understand both as navy and coast guard, I couldn't think of a better training opportunity than what we have here for the next couple of days,” she added.

The MTA exercise involved approximately 300 personnel of RMN, MMEA, US Navy and USCG, as well as their assets including KD Lekiu, KD Gagah Samudera, KM Marlin, USS Montgomery, USNS Salvor, USNS Millinocket, USNS Rappahannock and USCGS Stratton.



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