Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) arrived in Brunei Jan. 14 following a one-day train at sea with the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN). The go to highlighted the sturdy partnership and army relationship between Brunei and the US. In consideration of COVID-19 security mitigations, the go to was contactless, which means the crew of the ship remained aboard the ship, the place they had been afforded relaxation and replenishment of provides. Jackson and RBN Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel KDB Daruttaqwa (DTQ 09) performed bilateral workout routines whereas crusing collectively within the South China Sea Jan. 13. Jackson and Daruttaqwa met at sea to follow and improve bilateral interoperability between the 2 navies and to emphasise the significance of working collectively.

“The chance to sail alongside KDB Daruttaqwa demonstrates our shared dedication and objectives with the Royal Brunei Navy to enhance our interoperability and keep a free and open Indo-Pacific area,” stated Cmdr. Michael Root, commanding officer, USS Jackson.


“The US and Brunei have an extended relationship that features a notable go to by USS Structure to Brunei Bay on April 6, 1845,” stated Capt. Tom Ogden, commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. “Jackson’s go to and coaching with the RBN is a continuation of the 177 years of sturdy friendship and deep historic ties between Brunei and the U.S.”

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 13, 2022) – The Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) workout routines with the Royal Brunei Navy Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel KDB Daruttaqwa (DTQ 09) within the South China Sea. Jackson, a part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, is on a rotational deployment within the U.S. seventh Fleet space of operation to reinforce interoperability with companions and function a ready-response drive in assist of a free and open Indo-Pacific area. (U.S. Navy photograph by Senior Chief Operations Specialist Alexandro Wiggins)

The occasions included bilateral communications workout routines and division techniques to follow precision maneuvering. All of the occasions had been designed to reinforce cooperation between the 2 navies and to allow the ships to follow communications and coordination whereas working in shut proximity to at least one one other. The train and port go to additional the friendship between Brunei and the U.S. The U.S. routinely participates in 300 bilateral engagements a yr, from professional exchanges to ship visits, to part workout routines and main coaching workout routines similar to Southeast Asia Cooperation and Coaching (SEACAT) and Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Coaching (CARAT) Brunei. These workout routines signify joint dedication to peace and safety within the Indo-Pacific area.

The RBN said it stays dedicated to strengthening bilateral relations with the U.S. Navy, enhancing interoperability and capacity-building alternatives in direction of the objective of cooperation at sea. The RBN wished Jackson honest winds and following seas to their subsequent port of name. Because the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed destroyer squadron in Southeast Asia, DESRON 7 serves as the first tactical and operational commander of littoral fight ships rotationally deployed to Singapore, capabilities as Expeditionary Strike Group 7’s Sea Fight Commander, and builds partnerships by means of coaching workout routines and military-to-military engagements. Beneath Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, seventh Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with 35 maritime nations in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific area.