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ASEAN, partners begin military exercise in Brunei
By Vu Huong - Thanh Nien News -
Eighteen countries, including Vietnam, are taking part in an international military exercise focused on maritime security and counterterrorism that began in Brunei Tuesday.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus Maritime Security and Counterterrorism Exercise 2016 began with an opening ceremony at the Multinational Coordination Center in Muara, Brunei.
The exercise aims to enhance cooperation between ADMM-Plus nations in maritime security and counterterrorism, while promoting information sharing in responding to relevant and contemporary training scenarios.
Navies of the 10 ASEAN countries are taking part along with their counterparts from Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US.
Around 3,000 personnel, 18 ships, 16 helicopters, two maritime patrol aircraft and Special Forces from the participating ASEAN nations and its dialogue partners are currently deployed for the ADMM- Plus exercise, the Brunei Times reported.
The participating ships will take part in maritime security training in the sultanate before conducting drills en route to Singapore for a counter-terrorism scenario.
The exercise concludes on May 12.
Officers board a car to the opening ceremony of the ADMM-Plus maritime security and counter-terrorism exercise 2016 in Brunei on May 3. Photo: Vu Huong
The Vietnamese delegation at the opening ceremony  
Officers perform a ritual to pray for the exercise's safety.
Brunei's Special Force performs an air drill
An officer of Thailand's Special Force in a hostage rescue situation  
Thai officers perform a drill
The leader of a Thai team 
Officers discuss the content of the drills
Officers from the Philippines