USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) conducts formation steaming with ships from the Royal Australian Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy and Royal Brunei Navy, Aug. 2. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jason Isaacs)

WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - The guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) commenced a multinational group sail alongside warships from Australia, Brunei, and Singapore, Aug. 1.

Rafael Peralta joined alongside HMA ships Stuart (FFH 153) and Sirus (O 266) of the Australian Defense Force (ADF), KDB Darulehsan (OPV 07) of the Royal Brunei Navy, and RSS Supreme (FFG 73) of the Republic of Singapore Navy.

The participating ships are practicing and refining tactical skills such as conducting underway replenishments, formation steaming, communications, and "cross deck" helicopter landings.

“Multilateral training opportunities such as this [cross-Pacific transit]...improve regional security by overcoming challenges together,” said Cmdr. Chad Trubilla, commanding officer, USS Rafael Peralta. “But most importantly, the officers and crews onboard all five ships will build confidence and lasting relationships as we take the field as teammates. You can surge a ship to sea, but you cannot surge trust.”

Multilateral exercises provide unique opportunities for navies to train together, and develop relations between maritime states. Australia, Brunei, Singapore, and the United States each bring unique capabilities to address the complex challenges facing the Pacific region today. This transit directly contributes to enhanced security and stability throughout the region.

The United States remains committed to working with regional partners and allies and to protecting the rights, freedoms, and lawful use of the seas by all states. Our exercises and operations stand for a free and open Indo-Pacific, which the United States has supported, alongside its partners and allies for more than 70 years.

Rafael Peralta is underway conducting operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy's largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet's principal surface force.

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Eric Alexander directs a Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to HMAS Stuart (FFH 153), off the flight deck of USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), Aug. 3. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jason Isaacs)

USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), left, the Republic of Singapore Navy's RSS Supreme (73), the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) and HMAS Sirius (O 266), and the Royal Brunei Navy's KDB Darulehsan (OPV-07) sail in formation, Aug. 2. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jason Isaacs)

Ensigns Daniel Brandner and Andrew Shugun confirm a set of signal flags aboard USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) during a flag hoist drill with HMAS Sirius (O 266), Aug. 3. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jason Isaacs)