– Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS
Essex (LHD 2) participated in an English exchange program with
Sailors of the Royal Cambodian Navy at Ream Navy Base in
Sihanoukville, Cambodia Feb. 28 as part of Cambodia Maritime
The objective of the English exchange was to help members of the
Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) communicate in English with
their American and English-speaking counterparts.
"Our Sailors learn English two-hours-a-day for one year before they
go on a ship," said Ensign Mom Samoun, a Cambodian English
instructor. "It's important to know how to speak and write English
for communication with another ship in the fleet."
Essex Sailors taught grammar and basic sentence composition. They
also paired up for one-on-one training for annunciation practice and
group role-playing scenarios. Each Essex Sailor read lines and asked
questions pertaining to daily situations such as getting a flat tire
or going to exercise.
"I felt a lot more helpful by coming and teaching them," said
Operations Specialist Seaman Monique Mottley. "I want to be an
English teacher after the Navy, so I really enjoyed being a part of
this English exchange."
The exchange helped both forces come together to interact, learn
about each other's military and hone their English skills.
Cambodia Maritime Exercise 2011 is a theater security cooperation
visit designed to enhance interoperability and improve capabilities
of the U.S. Armed Forces and RCAF.
"The U. S. Navy is always honored to have the opportunity to visit
the Kingdom of Cambodia," said Capt. Bradley Lee, commander,
Amphibious Squadron 11. "Exchanges such as this help to further
strengthen the relationship between our Sailors and Marines and the
people of Cambodia, who have been such gracious hosts."
The English exchange was just one of a series of events in which
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel will participate designed to
enhance interoperability between the two nations. During the
exercise, U.S. Sailors will teach courses in military leadership and
the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's medical staff will work with
their Cambodian counterparts to provide primary care services,
dental care and optometry care to Cambodians in the Kampong Som
The Essex ARG reports to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear
Adm. Richard Landolt, who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.