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May 04, 2011

Welcome to Bali USS Guardian MCM-5


 Kapal Perang Amerika Serikat Merapat di Bali
Beritabali.com, Denpasar, Dermaga Pelabuhan Benoa, pada Selasa (3/5) sekitar pukul 09.00 Wita, disinggahi kapal perang khusus penjinak ranjau milik Amerika yang dikenal USS Guardian McM 5. Kedatangan kapal perang ini diperuntukkan khusus melaksanakan misi kerjasama latihan dengan TNI – AL.

USS Guardian McM 5 Captain Lieutenant Commander K.R Brown (Middle) being welcomed  by 3 Balinese dancers at Benoa Harbor, Denpasar, Tuesday (03/05/2011)

USS Guardian (MCM-5) is the fifth Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures ship to join the U.S. Navy's fleet and is the second to bear the name Guardian. Her mission is to counter the threat to our forces and our allies from all types of naval mines. USS Guardian represents the most capable mine counter measures platform ever constructed, capable of mine detection, mine neutralization and mine clearance in strategic U.S. and foreign ports and key ocean areas in order to maintain vital commercial shipping lanes. One of fourteen Avenger Class ships, Guardian was commissioned on December 16, 1989. To accomplish her mine countermeasures mission, she is equipped with an AN/SQQ-32 sonar system and an Alliant Techsystems AN/SLQ-48 Mine Neutralization robot. The hull is constructed of wood laminated with layers of fiberglass. Propulsion is provided by 4 Isotta-Fraschini 600HP engines connected to two controllable pitch propellers. Guardian's length is 224 feet, with a width of 39 feet and a displacement of 1,300 tons. Her maximum speed is around 14 knots.
USS Guardian is assigned to Amphibious Forces Seventh Fleet, forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.

LCDR Kenneth Brown
Commanding Officer

 LCDR Kenneth Brown, a native of Lexington, Virginia, enlisted in 1994; serving 19 months as an Interior Communications Electrician in USS SCOTT (DDG 995). Following selection to the four year NROTC scholarship program, he graduated from Norwich University in 1999.
Upon graduating from the Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island, LCDR Brown received orders to USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56), where he served as the STRIKE Warfare Officer, Boarding Officer, ATFP Officer, and Training Officer from September 1999 to October 2001. During his tour, SAN JACINTO served as the escort cruiser for USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) on her maiden deployment to Fifth Fleet.
Following a successful tour, LCDR Brown received orders to USS ANZIO (CG 68) as the Main Propulsion Assistant where he deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
While on shore duty LCDR Brown served as an Instructor of Naval Science at Virginia Military Institute. He also served the University as a Mentor, Company TAC Officer, and Rugby coach. While at VMI, he completed JPME Phase 1 through the Air, Command, and Staff College. While attending Department Head School, he completed a Master of Business Administration from Touro University.

In 2006, LCDR Brown received orders to USS MCFAUL (DDG 74) as the Chief Engineer. During his tour he prepared the ship for its Joint Warrior Deployment and Sixth Fleet Deployment. While deployed the Mediterranean, MCFAUL was dispatched to Batumi, Georgia to provide Humanitarian Assistance. He screened for early command and was assigned to USS GUARDIAN (MCM 5) serving as the Executive Officer before assuming command on October 15, 2010.
Source : 
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/mcm5/Pages/bio1.aspx

“Kedatangan kapal perang ini untuk menjalin kerjasama dan mempererat persaudaraan TNI AL dengan US Navi," terang Komandan Pangkalan Laut Denpasar Letkol TNI (p) Wayan Suarjaya, disela sela kedatangan USS Guardian.

Ditegaskannya, tak hanya kapal perang Amerika saja yang akan datang ke Indonesia khususnya Bali, tapi kapal perang Negara lainnya.

Menyikapi aksi aksi terorisme yang mengambil jalur dilautan, Suarjaya mengungkapkan, masyarakat tidak perlu cemas. Pihaknya telah melaksanakan patroli rutin dilapangan dengan mengamankan sejumlah ruas pintu masuk ke Bali.



"Patroli rutin selalu kita laksanakan diseluruh perairan Bali,” tegasnya.

Dengan kedatangan kapal perang Amerika ini, menurut Suarjaya bisa dikatakan lebih ketat lagi pengamanannya. Pasalnya, dengan kedatangan kapal perang ini untuk sementara area terminal pelabuhan ditutup.

“Ini sudah standar pengamanan TNI-AL,” bebernya.

Keterangan terpisah, Kapten kapal USS Guardian Leutnant Comander K.R Brown yang diwakili oleh Capt Adrian Jansen, Atase AL Kedutaan Besar Amerika untuk Indonesia di Jakarta mengatakan, USS Gaurdian ditumpangi 84 awak kapal dan memiliki berat 1345 ton dan panjang 67 meter.

“Kapal ini menggabungkan teknologi tindakan balik ranjau. Kapal ini khusus untuk penjinak ranjau di dasar laut,’ ungkapnya.

Kedatangan kapal perang ini menurutnya sebagai tindak-lanjut kerjasama bidang pelatihan angkatan laut.

Dikatakannya, selama di Bali awak kapal akan berlibur selama lima hari, sebelum berangkat latihan bersama di Surabaya.."kunjungan mereka kesini adalah, kunjungan biasa, “ ungkapnya. Kolonoel Laut (P) I Wayan Suarjaya menjelaskan, sebelum ke Bali, kapal USS Guardian juga telah melakukan kunjungan serupa ke Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan. Disisi lain, terkait tewasnya Osama Bin Laden Gubernur Bali, Made Mangku Pastika selasa (3/5/2011) langsung mengeluarkan instruksi untuk memperketat pulau yang sudah dua kali merasakan getirnya ulah teroris itu. “Pascatewasnya Osama, kita instruksikan untuk memperketat keamanan dan waspada,” kata gubernur , saat ditemui sebelum memimpin rapat koordinasi daerah. Mangku Pasti menjelaskan, pengaman bali sendiri agar terhalang dari serangan balas dendam teroris, pihaknya mengintruksikan agar memperketat pengamanan pada pintu masuk ke Bali, khususnya pada wisatawan asing di Bali, terutama warga Amerika. “Pasti kita amankan secara khusus para wisatawan asing. Tidak hanya turis Amerika, tetapi seluruh wisatawan yang datang ke Bali,” ujarnya. Ketika ditanya apakah Bali menjadi sasaran aksi terorisme sebagai bentuk balasan dari pendukung Osama, Pastika tak mau menjawab dengan rinci. Ia hanya menyebut segala kemungkinan bisa saja terjadi. “Maka dari itu kita harus terus waspada, tidak boleh lengah sedikitpun,” tandasnya.

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USS Guardian Sailors Enhance U.S. Relations with Indonesia 
By USS Guardian Public Affairs 
MAKASSAR, Indonesia – The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) visited the port of Makassar, Indonesia April 11-12.

During the two day stay, the ship experienced Indonesian culture and strengthened America’s connections with Indonesia.

Guardian received a warm welcome from Indonesia’s military marching band and cultural dancers upon the ship’s arrival.

Once the ship was moored, Guardian’s Commanding Officer Lt. Cmdr. Ken Brown, addressed the crowd on the pier.

Brown also visited the commander of Main Naval Base VI and the Mayor of Makassar, presenting plaques on behalf of Guardian’s crew.

On April 12, several members of the crew visited the local university in Makassar and discussed their decisions to join the military and jobs aboard the ship. The visit gave the students a positive impression of U.S. service members and the crew enjoyed the experience.

“It was a great experience getting to meet and talk to the local students at the university. I think everyone that went really enjoyed it,” said Mineman Seaman Keenan Rogers. “The students were welcoming and we had the chance to talk to a lot of them about our experiences in the navy one on one. I’m glad I had the chance to go.”

The ship’s short stay in Indonesia was a good opportunity for many of Guardian’s Sailors to learn more about Indonesia’s culture.



Note :USS Guardian (MCM-5), an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, is the second U.S. Navy ship of that name. Guardian was laid down on 8 May 1985 by the Peterson Builders Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.; launched on 20 June 1987; and commissioned on 16 December 1989.
As of 15 October 2010, Guardian is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Kenneth R. Brown, and is part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7. She is assigned to the 7th Fleet, and forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan.
In late November 2007, Guardian and fellow minesweeper USS Patriot (MCM-7) sought refueling and refuge from an approaching storm in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, but were denied entry without explanation by the People's Republic of China.[1] Both ships were eventually refueled at sea and returned safely to their homeports in Japan.[1]
In February, 2010 GUARDIAN became the first MCM in the Seventh Fleet to receive the Women-at-sea modification which is intended to allow the small vessel to accommodate a mixed crew. The modification adds no additional rack space, but does provide for separate head and shower facilities for female crew members. However, with the exception of a very few officers (all of whom have their own staterooms) all MCMs in the Seventh Fleet are still manned by all male crews.

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