U.S. Navy Ship To Visit Papua New Guinea Capitol For Exercises

Koa Moana is bilateral exchange between US Marine Corps and PNG Defence Force

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 15, 2016) – The United States naval ship (USNS) Sacagawea will visit Port Moresby as part of Exercise Koa Moana 16.2, a bilateral exchange between the US Marine Corps and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

The visit will take place on June 17 to 24, according to a media statement.

In addition to working with Papua New Guineans, US service members on the USNS Sacagawea will conduct security co-operation events in Asia-Pacific with several other partner nations, including Timor Leste, Tonga, and Fiji.

Exercise Koa Moana, which is Hawaiian meaning ocean warrior, is designed to improve interoperability and enhance military-to-military relations with partner nations, the statement said.

The exercise will give US service members exposure to different types of terrain and familiarity in the event of a natural disaster in the region.

Exercise Koa Moana provides a unique training opportunity for building stronger relationships and promoting capacity for training.

Additionally, a combined US Navy and US Coast Guard team will conduct operations to help combat transnational crime on the high seas within partner nations’ exclusive economic zones.

The current Koa Moana iteration will focus primarily on improving partnerships, community relation projects, utilizing amphibious assets and engineering capabilities between the allied nations, while follow-on iterations will feature US Pacific Fleet forces, such as the Navy’s 7th Fleet, and other units assigned to Marine Forces Pacific.

Through continued multilateral training, the partnership between the US and regional allies is enhanced and strengthened to ensure the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

Koa Moana 16.2, like all multilateral training exercises, is dedicated to maintaining a flexible and effective force in readiness and is not connected to any current events.

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