17th SEACAT Exercise Kicks-Off with 9 Nations

August 28, 2018 – The 17th annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise commenced Aug. 27 with nine partner nations in Singapore. The exercise focuses on increasing maritime domain awareness through collaborative and coordinated sharing of information toward ensuring a common understanding of what is going on in the maritime environment and how best to operate as an effective unified maritime force. SEACAT brings Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, U.S., Thailand and Vietnam together in a series of tailored seminars including a comprehensive…

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ESSEX ARG, 13th MEU Commence 24th CARAT Malaysia Exercise

August 10, 2018 – The U.S. and Royal Malaysian Navy commenced the 24th iteration of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, August 10. The CARAT exercise focuses on the full spectrum of naval capabilities and is designed to strengthen the close partnership between both navies while cooperatively ensuring maritime security, stability and prosperity. “In nearly a quarter of a century of CARAT exercises, we have continued to ensure forward presence, deterrence and sea control each time when U.S. and Royal Malaysian ships get underway together…

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USNS Brunswick Visits Malaysia

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) concluded a port visit to Lumut, Malaysia, Jan 12. The crew members had the opportunity to experience the country’s culture while strengthening ties with the local population. Port visits such as these serve as an important element in the U.S. Navy’s theater security cooperation efforts by enhancing solid relationships with partner nations throughout the region. The port of Lumut’s unique capabilities in supporting expeditionary maintenance for deployed assets including the littoral combat ship (LCS) continues to be vital for the U.S. Navy in regional security and…

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