US and 10 ASEAN navies kick off joint military exercises

US and 10 ASEAN navies kick off joint military exercises

The United States of America has joined with 10 Southeast Asian countries as the joint military exercises kicked off in Southeast Asia. More than 1000 personnel participated in the maritime drill, a part of joint military exercises, on Monday.

It is the first ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise (AUMX) which will last for five days. The exercise starts on September 2 at the Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand and it will end in Singapore. The US has increased its engagement in the region. The exercises come at a time when the tension between China and Southeast Asian countries have risen over the South China Sea. The US Embassy in Bangkok released a statement in which it said, “The exercises will stretch into international waters in Southeast Asia”.

The exercises will be done in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. The US Navy and Royal Thai Navy lead the exercises. Rear Admiral Joey Tynch, the US Navy officer for the security cooperation in Southeast Asia, said, “AUMX builds greater maritime security on the strength of ASEAN.” He added that the US Navy believes in free and open Indo-Pacific.

USS Montgomery, the littoral combat ship of the US Navy, USS Wayne E. Meyer, the guided-missile destroyer, three MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, and a P-8 Poseidon aircraft are participating in the drills as the US assets. The 10 members of ASEAN will take part in the AUMX. The drills include the boarding of target vessels for stimulating seizures.

Mahathir Mohamad, the Malaysian leader, said on Monday that the drills were a waste of money. He added that China had a right to feel threatened by exercises in the region. He called the drills provocative. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, requested the Southeast Asian countries to push back against Chinese compulsion in the South China Sea. It is the first time when the US Navy participated in a drill joined by the Southeast Asian nations. The drills will last for five days.

Managing editor of the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
100K+ Power Outages Across US due to Izzy Storm
More than 100,000 power outages have been reported across the United States as major winter
Amazon Cuts Paid Leave for Sick with COVID-19
Amazon is shortening its paid leave policy for employees infected with COVID-19 following the change
Candy Shortage in the US
Orders have been pouring into Andrew Schuman's candy cane business this year, but business has
Louisiana Company to Pay $43M over Spilled Oil in Gulf of Mexico
A Louisiana-based oil company will pay $43 million in civil penalties and damages and $432
Business and Universities Demand Booster Shots
Businesses, employers and universities are taking the data into their own hands and requiring booster
Biden Declares a Major Federal Disaster in Kentucky after Tornado Hit on Friday
WASHINGTON -U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday declared a major federal disaster in Kentucky after
White House Blames Media
The Biden White House, plagued by low approval ratings that have weakened the president’s clout
Michigan high school shooter refuses to speak to police
Michigan cops remove ARMFULS of weapons from 'bullied' high school shooter's home as it's revealed
President Biden: Arbery’s killing is a sing to keep fighting for racial justice in US
President Joe Biden said in a statement Wednesday that although the jury’s decision to convict
Merck Worker Discovered Vials Labeled ‘Smallpox’ in Montco Facility but No Trace of Disease Found
Monday, November 15, according to a local TV station, a laboratory worker at a facility