Indonesian Marines hosted aboard USS Harpers Ferry

U.S. and Indonesian Marines recently conducted a subject matter expert exchange aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).

During the exchange, held in Harpers Ferry’s well deck, Marines discussed amphibious operations, techniques and equipment for safely and efficiently landing marine forces on a coastline.

“Operations like these continue to build strong bonds between nations and their militaries through cohesive learning and by breaking down barriers of diversity that normally separate us,” said Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Nentl, an assault amphibious vehicle crew chief for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

After the Indonesian service members arrived, 1st Lt. Eric Berman, Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) platoon commander, started the exchange by explaining U.S. methods for the command and control of AAVs while conducting ship-to-shore movements.

“They are a highly motivated group of individuals who were very interested in learning about our AAVs, our tactics, techniques, and procedures, and they were very excited to work with us,” said Berman.

Next, the group received an orientation for the AAV itself. The Indonesian Marine Corps uses a lighter version of the AAV called the Landing Vehicle, Tracked Personnel 7 (LVTP-7), so they were very interested in seeing the different version aboard Harpers Ferry.

The event concluded with both Marine Corps singing their service hymns in a moment that reverberated throughout the entire well deck.

“This exchange of information was very important because of both the knowledge gained and the relationship between countries and militaries,” said 1st Infantry Battalion Operations Officer Maj. Harmoko who oversaw the Indonesian Marines. “I hope to be able to do this again in the future.”