by 1st Lt. Elias Zani
Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
3/19/2015 - LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- The
largest airshow in the region, the Langkawi International Maritime and
Aerospace Exhibition 15 officially commenced March 17.
The United States supported the event with approximately 450 Sailors,
Airmen and Marines, demonstrating its continued partnership with the
country of Malaysia.
"Our participation in events like LIMA 15 demonstrates our continued
commitment to the regional stability and security of our partners in the
Asia-Pacific region," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Compton,
Air National Guard assistant to the Pacific Air Forces commander. "We
have a strong military-to-military relationship with Malaysia, and we
hope to continue to grow it through forming personal relationships that
ultimately contribute to increased interoperability with other
LIMA first started in 1991 on the small island of Langkawi, Malaysia.
Now in its 13th iteration, this biennial event has since become the
region's premier maritime and airshow exhibition.
Malaysia has long been a partner of the U.S., providing support and relief to a number of operations.
Participation in LIMA 15 highlights the United States' dedication to
nurturing the "comprehensive partnership" Obama declared just last year
and supports the Defense Department's rebalance to the Asia-Pacific
The U.S. military participates in LIMA and other similar events to
provide an opportunity to advance and strengthen alliances and
partnerships, which allows it to contend with common challenges.
"LIMA provides an ideal forum to showcase U.S. assets and form personal
relationships that ultimately contribute to increased interoperability
with other countries' services," said U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Robert Thomas,
7th Fleet commander. "The dialogue, seminars and information exchanges
that occur at LIMA are essential to building mutual understanding and
In addition to personnel, Pacific Air Forces is supporting LIMA 15 with
an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration flight and a B-52 Stratofortress
flyover, as well as F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft static
U.S. Pacific Fleet is supporting with static displays featuring F/A-18F
Super Hornet, P-8A Poseidon, and MH-60R Seahawk aircraft and the
Ticonderoga-class cruiser, USS Shiloh. Marine Corp Forces Pacific is
supporting LIMA 15 with a UH-1Y Venom static display.
The exhibition runs through March 21.