25th anniversary of CARAT exercise closes with year’s end

December 21, 2019 – The close of 2019 marks the end of the 25th anniversary of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series, the U.S. Navy’s oldest and longest running regional exercise in South and Southeast Asia. For 25 years, the U.S. and partner nations have used CARAT as a premier bilateral and multilateral training forum to address…

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USS Harpers Ferry Arrives for CARAT Brunei

October 15, 2019 – USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Brunei for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2019 exercise with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Oct. 10. During CARAT, Marines launched from USS Harper’s Ferry to conduct an amphibious assault using amphibious assault vehicles to secure the beachhead, before…

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First ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise begins in Thailand

September 1, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will begin the first ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise (AUMX) with opening ceremonies at Sattahip Naval Base, Sept. 2. Co-led by the U.S. and Royal Thai navies, AUMX will consist of pre-sail activities in Thailand, Singapore and Brunei, followed by a sea phase in…

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US, Indonesian Navies Conclude CARAT 2019

August 7, 2019 – The 25th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia concluded during a ceremony at the Indonesian Navy’s 2nd Fleet Training Command headquarters Aug. 7. The CARAT exercise series is designed to address shared maritime security concerns and strengthen partnerships. Indonesia has been a participant since the series began in 1995. “Any time we have the…

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CARAT 2019: Building Security Through Maritime Domain Awareness

June 20, 2019 – The U.S. and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted a series of training events focused on maritime domain awareness (MDA), culminating with scenarios conducted by ships and aircraft in the Gulf of Thailand during this year’s Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand. The training included knowledge exchanges focused on techniques and tools used in sharing information…

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U.S., Royal Thai Navy Conduct Joint Submarine Training During CARAT Thailand 2019

June 17, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted joint submarine knowledge exchanges and simulations at Sattahip Naval Base during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2019 from May 28 to June 8. Training events included subject matter expert exchanges focusing on submarine operation procedures and tactics, along with simulated, integrated watch team scenarios conducted inside…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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