MUARA, Brunei, May 3 (ChinaMil) --The ASEAN Defense Minister's Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism Exercise kicked off at the Multi-National Coordination Center of Brunei's Muara Naval Base on Tuesday.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Brigadier General Haji Hamzah, Joint Force Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and director of the exercise. RBAF Commander Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah delivered a speech as the guest of honor and announced the kickoff of the exercise.
In the first stage of the exercise, the naval vessels and troops from 18 ADMM-plus countries, i.e., 10 member states of ASEAN, China, Russia, the United States, Japan, ROK, Australia, New Zealand and India, rallied at Brunei's Muara Port to conduct the shore-based activities of the exercise from May 1 to 4.
The second stage, the Sea-based activities, will be held en route from Brunei to Singapore from May 5 to 8, during which a number of subjects will be exercised such as maritime search and rescue, boarding inspection and capture, surface sweeping and watching, tracking and monitoring as well as helicopter landing on each other's warship.
The maritime exercises have the following setting. To rescue terrorists captured and detained by country B, a terrorist organization called T3 hijacked in the southern part of the South China Sea the merchant ship AVATAR of country B that was sailing from country A to B, and demanded the release of its members for exchange.
After AVATAR was hijacked, it successfully sent an SOS to the multinational coordination center in country A, which then dispatched a combined maritime taskforce (CMTF) to search and rescue the ship. The taskforce found AVATAR and followed and monitored it. Once it is confirmed that the negotiations between country B and terrorists have broken up, the taskforce, in conjunction with the anti-terror special force of country B, implemented the "sea storm" operation and saved the hijacked ship by force.
The CMTF is supposed to comprise three combined task groups (CTG) respectively coded 383.1, 383.2 and 383.3, and the order of command is CMTF- CTG - mission vessels. The CTG 383.1 and CTG 383.2 are surface vessel formations while the CTG 383.3 is a formation of fixed wing aircraft.
The Chinese guided missile destroyer Lanzhou belongs to the CTG 383.1, in which the offshore patrol vessel KDB Darussalam of Brunei Navy is the commanding ship. The other warships in the CTG 383.1 includes Singapore's frigate Formidable (Hull No. 68), Japan's helicopter destroyer Ise (Hull No. 182, carrying 4 helicopters, one boarding capture team and one rigid-hull inflatable boat), ROK's destroyer Choe Yeoung (Hull No. 981, carrying one helicopter, one special operations team, one sniper team and three combat rubber raiding crafts), U. S. destroyer Stethem (Hull No. 63, carrying one boarding capture team and one biochemical disposal unit and one P-8A anti-submarine patrol aircraft), and Australia's frigate Anzac (Hull No. 150, carrying one helicopter) and the patrol boat Launceston (ACPB 94).