USS Patriot makes Jakarta, Indonesia, port call

26 June 2019

From Lt.j.g. Joshua Abenojar, USS Patriot

The mine countermeasures ship arrived in Jakarta, June 25, for a port visit and engagements with the Indonesian Navy's 2nd Fleet and 2nd Marine Division.
Patriot, part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response platform for contingency operations.
USS Patriot (MCM 7) leadership pose for a photo with their welcoming party in Jakarta, June 25. (U.S. Embassy Jakarta)
Patriot, part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response platform for contingency operations.
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USS Patriot (MCM 7) leadership pose for a photo with their welcoming party in Jakarta, June 25. (U.S. Embassy Jakarta)
Photo By: U.S. Embassy Jakarta
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JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Jakarta for a port visit, June 25.

Patriot is visiting Jakarta while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to work with their Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) counterparts to strengthen regional security and stability, and enhance interoperability.

“The crew of the USS Patriot is looking forward to interacting with the Sailors and Marines of the Indonesian Second Fleet and Second Marine Division,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jon Volkle, commanding officer of Patriot. “We’re also very grateful for the warm welcome as it highlights the strategic partnership between our two nations.”

Upon arriving, the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) hosted a welcoming ceremony that included a sample of their culture with a traditional Indonesian dance. After the ceremony Volkle provided a tour of the ship to the Indonesian sailors that hosted the ceremony.

“I’m excited to be here,” said Seaman Zachary Fedak. “I’ve always heard Indonesia is a beautiful country.”

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190508-N-SB587-1098 USS Patriot (MCM 7) sails with USS Pioneer (MCM 9) in the South China Sea in May. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Corbin J. Shea)
SLIDESHOW | 1 images | 190508-N-SB587-1098 USS Patriot (MCM 7) sails with USS Pioneer (MCM 9) in the South China Sea in May. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Corbin J. Shea)

This year marks 70 years of friendly diplomatic relations between the United States and Indonesia.

Patriot is part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7 and is forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan. They are operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of regional peace and stability.

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