USS Spruance docks at Muara Port
THE United States Navy’s USS Spruance (DDG-111) recently made its first port visit to the Sultanate as part of her maiden deployment to the Pacific.
Brunei welcomed the arrival of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer at the Muara Port last Friday, allowing sailors on board to experience the local culture and explore the country’s eco tourism destinations.
The US Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan said the port visit represents the continued US commitment to Southeast Asia and provides an opportunity to help strengthen ties between the two nations.
“Spruance is honoured to be in Brunei during the 30th anniversary of our countries’ diplomatic relations. My crew and I are very excited to explore Brunei, while also showcasing the capabilities of our fine ship,” said the ship’s commanding officer, CDR Dan Cobian.
During the visit, CDR Cobian and US Ambassador Daniel Shields met the outgoing Royal Brunei Navy Commander, First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Hj Abd Halim Mohd Hanifah.
The embassy in a press statement said they discussed the continued cooperation as well as strong partnership between the US and Brunei.
The embassy added that Brunei remains a strong partner in promoting security throughout the region.
The USS Spruance hosted a tour for the local media yesterday. The ship will leave for its next scheduled stop to Japan today.
Brunei is the fifth country the ship has docked in on its six-month deployment.
USS Spruance is currently deployed to the Seventh Fleet Area of Operations in the Pacific as her namesake, Admiral Spruance, did during World War II.
She continues to serve the needs of the US Navy, while working to strengthen relations with strategic partners in Southeast Asia.
The Brunei Times