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 against maritime threats, as well as legal discussions and tabletop exercises, to prepare for the hands-on portion of the exercise. According to Lt. David Copeland, MDA expert for Destroyer Squadron…

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ASEAN naval ships arrive in China for joint maritime exercise

October 22, 2018 (Google Translation) – All participating naval ships got concentrated at a military port in Zhanjiang, South China’s Guangdong Province, and were ready for ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise 2018-2018 as the Philippine logistic support vessel (LSV) BRP Dagupan City arrived at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Military band of the Chinese PLA Navy performed music at the port to welcome the arrival of all participating troops from ASEAN countries. The Chinese naval ships were adorned with nautical flags to convey welcome and show courtesy. The Chinese Navy sent the…

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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 Conclude CARAT Thailand 2018

The 24th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy concluded in Pattaya, Thailand, June 21. CARAT Thailand 2018 involved over 3,000 military personnel from the U.S. and Royal Thai Navy conducting nearly a dozen exercises at sea, over 20 symposiums and table-top exercises that covered the entire spectrum of naval operations, and daily band performances and sports engagements with schools and organizations throughout the area. “The strong partnership between the U.S. and Royal Thai Navy is built upon…

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US, Thailand Kick-Off Anti-Submarine Exercise Guardian Sea

The U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) kick off exercise Guardian Sea in the Andaman Sea, April 25. The five-day anti-submarine and maritime domain awareness exercise will involve cooperative evolutions designed to enhance mutual capabilities in anti-submarine warfare while also improving information sharing between the two navies. The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97), a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine and a P-8 Poseidon will be participating from the U.S. Navy. Participating assets from the RTN include helicopter carrier HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CVH 911), Khamronsin-class corvette HTMS Long Lom (FS…

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