JAKARTA, Indonesia –
The guided-missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) hosted 119
distinguished visitors and dignitaries from Indonesia and the
surrounding region during a reception on Feb. 23.
Guests included members of U.S. House of Representatives: David
Dreier (R-CA 26), Lois Capps (D-CA 23), Sam Farr (D-CA 17), Jim
McDermott (D-WA 7) and David Price (D-NC 4).
In addition to U.S. Ambassador to
Indonesia and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Affairs Scot Marciel; Indonesian
Navy Western Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Hari Bowo; Commander, Main
Naval Base III of Indonesia, Brig. Gen. Arief Suherman; and
Indonesian Deputy Assistant to Naval Chief of Staff, Commodore Agus
U.S. Navy flag officers Commander, Task Force (CTF) 73, Rear Adm.
Ron Horton, the Attending Physician for the U.S. Congress and United
States Supreme Court, Rear Adm. Brian P. Monahan; and Commander,
Submarine Group 7 and Task Force (CTF) 74, Rear Adm. David M. Thomas
Jr. also attended.
The reception took place on the ship’s flight deck, as guests met
members of the crew and toured Reuben James’ spaces.
Marciel and Bowo addressed the attendees, expressing their gratitude
to Reuben James’ Commanding Officer Cmdr. David E. Miller, for the
ship’s visit to Jakarta and hospitality during the port visit.
“It is very rare that the ship’s schedule aligns with a
congressional delegation visit,” Miller said. “The unique
opportunity of hosting such a broad range of both U. S. and
Indonesian military and governmental figures strengthens our
country’s ties with Indonesia and furthers our common goal of
theater security cooperation in Southeast Asia.”
Reuben James’ four-day visit to Jakarta was filled with events
designed to strengthen military-to-military relations with the
Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (Indonesian Navy), and
build bonds with Indonesian government officials and the local
During the port call, hundreds of distinguished guests, students,
military cadets and local citizens toured the ship.
“Presenting our ship and its mission while in Jakarta was extremely
rewarding,” Lt.j.g. Cole Smith, Reuben James’ damage control
assistant said. “Everyone from congressmen to students were
interested in our jobs, proving that our efforts in this area can
provide hope and change to our volatile world.”
Sailors from Reuben James met with students from the Kenang-Kenan
Secondary School during a community service project.
“It was a privilege to visit their school, interact with the
students, and learn about their culture,” said Boatswain’s Mate
Seaman Justin Custer.
Reuben James is currently in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of
responsibility on deployment to promote peace, stability in the
region, strengthen interoperability with allied countries sharing
common interests of maritime security, counter-terrorism,
humanitarian and disaster assistance cooperation.