CARAT Exercise Kicks Off with US, Brunei Navy

November 12, 2018 – The U.S. and Royal Brunei Navy commenced the 24th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise at Muara Naval Base, Brunei, Nov. 12. The sea phase will take place in the South China Sea with ships and aircrafts from both partner navies including the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) and a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. Evolutions at-sea will include a tracking exercise (TRACKEX) aimed at increasing both navies’ ability to together track and pursue targets through the coordinated deployment of…

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U.S. and Bangladesh Navies Begin CARAT

November 4, 2018 – The U.S. and Bangladesh navies kicked off exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in Chittagong, Nov. 4. Sailors and Marines across five ships including a guided missile frigate and patrol craft from the Bangladesh Navy, and a maritime patrol aircraft and dry cargo ship USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams (T-AK-3009) from the U.S. Navy, will conduct a series of cooperative evolutions ashore and at-sea. Joint evolutions are designed to highlight the ability for both navies to work together in ensuring maritime security, stability and prosperity.…

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USS Antietam Joins Royal Thai Navy Ships for Cooperative Deployment

October 9, 2018 – USS Antietam (CG 54) and Royal Thai Navy ships HTMS Krabi (OPV 551) and HTMS Taksin (FFG 422) conducted a cooperative deployment in the East China Sea on Oct. 9, 2018. The event focused on navigation, communication and ship-handling skills, improving interoperability between U.S. Navy and RTN forces. “This cooperative deployment is an opportunity for Antietam to exercise warfare skills with our Thai allies,” said Capt. George Kessler, Antietam’s commanding officer. “Joining our allies for this event benefits all ships at sea that depend on maritime…

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US, Thailand Continues to Expand Partnership with 24th CARAT Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy began the 24th iteration of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Pattaya, Thailand, June 14. The multi-nation exercise series is organized in bilateral phases with regional nations and is designed to enhance capabilities in a broad spectrum of naval operations. The exercise series features cooperative evolutions that highlight the ability of partner nations to work together towards the common goal of ensuring a free, open, and stable Indo-Pacific maritime security environment. “Twenty-four years of engagement through…

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Brunei, U.S. deepen security partnerships through CARAT

Armed forces from the United States and Brunei kicked off the 23rd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise at Muara Naval Base, Nov. 6. CARAT Brunei features five days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop professional relationships, and enhance cooperation between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. The exercise ends Nov. 10. “Our relationship with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces continues to flourish and is deepened by the broad exchanges of skills, culture,…

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U.S., Sri Lanka partner for first-ever CARAT exercise

U.S. and Sri Lankan maritime forces will work together for the first–ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise with the arrival of U.S. Navy elements in Trincomalee, Oct. 1. CARAT Sri Lanka 2017 is part of a series of bilateral CARAT military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Thailand. The focus of CARAT is developing maritime security capabilities and increasing interoperability among participants. Skill areas exercised during CARAT include small boat operations, evidence collection, diving…

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