Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) completed their participation in the Maritime Training Activity held in Lumut Aug. 14 to 18 following numerous exercises and engagements alongside.
MTA Malaysia 2019 included participants from the the U.S. Navy, Royal Malaysian navy, Royal Malaysian marine corps and Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency.
The exercise is a continuation of 25 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian navy and serves to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability.
This year’s exercise featured hundreds of sailors and Coast Guardsmen from both nations. Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, attended multiple events during the shore phase and spoke at several of the exchanges.
“This was a historic exercise that included naval and Coast Guard ships from both countries,” said Capt. Bob Little, Stratton’s commanding officer. “As we face increasingly complex maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, this type of cross organization and international cooperation is vital to our shared interest in a free and open maritime commons. We thoroughly enjoyed Malaysia’s hospitality and professionalism and look forward to future combined-operations to further our long-standing relationship with Malaysia.”
Stratton’s crew participated in professional exchanges, classroom training, planning sessions and educational seminars while in Lumut. The crew conducted search and rescue operations, mock boardings, replenishment at sea exercises, flight operations, communications drills and multi-unit maneuvering at sea.
Stratton’s crew departed Lumut after two days of shore-side activities and training including a women’s symposium, sports day and an officer-attended reception held aboard the Stratton. Stratton departed Lumut with five other ships Friday and conducted the sea phase of the MTA before returning to Lumut for the closing ceremony Sunday.
Stratton, a 418-foot national security cutter, departed its homeport June 12 in Alameda, California, for a months-long deployment to the Western Pacific. Operating under the tactical control of U.S. 7th Fleet, the cutter and crew are engaging in professional exchanges and capacity-building exercises with partner nations and will patrol and conduct operations as directed.