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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 210-99
May 04, 1999

1999 INTERNATIONAL MARITIME DEFENSE EXHIBITION PARTICIPATION PLANNED

U.S. Armed Forces will participate in the 1999 International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) in Singapore, May 4-7. The guided missile cruiser USS MOBILE BAY and the guided missile frigate USS VANDEGRIFT, both members of the forward deployed naval force at Yokosuka, Japan, will be in Singapore for IMDEX Asia. Additionally, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center located in Keyport, Wash., and the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, Hawaii will provide exhibits.

Department of Defense participation in this maritime exhibit demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region and enhances military-to-military contacts. IMDEX Asia is an international exhibition and conference focusing on maritime defense procurement requirements within the Asia-Pacific region.

IMDEX Asia will highlight opportunities in the Asia-Pacific market for new construction of surface warships, submarines and coastal vessels; major refits and modernization of vessels and their onboard systems; and ancillary equipment. In addition to the ship visits and exhibits, papers on new maritime technology from around the world will be presented in the conference portion of the exhibition.