MUARA, Brunei (NNS) -- San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) arrived in Brunei, July 5, to take part in the Brunei International Defense Exhibition (BRIDEX), being conducted July 4-9 in Muara, Brunei.
BRIDEX brings together the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of defense & security equipment and systems from across the entire supply chain, and high level international government and defense & security officials, providing them with a unique experience in business facilitation.
"We are honored to be able to represent the United States during BRIDEX. This significant event showcases the continued cooperation between the United States and the Royal Brunei Navy," said Cmdr. Joseph Cahill, commanding officer, USS Preble. "Our Sailors have been looking forward to participating with not only the Royal Brunei Navy, but the many other nations as well."
During the exhibition, Preble's crew hold a reception for more than 150 distinguished visitors and will participate in a 'pass in review' with 22 ships from 12 navies from around the world. Preble Sailors will also take part in a Brunei parade.
"The extensive program of events affords Preble Sailors a unique opportunity to interact with navies from all around this strategically significant region," said Cahill. "Our interaction, whether it be in professional forum ashore, combined movements at sea or as part of a recreational or sports challenge ashore, fosters an appreciation for the combined effort required to promote greater collective security, stability, and trust in the region."
Preble is currently deployed in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
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