CARAT is short for “Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training” exercises. The exercises took place in multiple locations across the Philippines and in waters near Subic Bay and Palawan from June 6 to 10.
This year’s exercise features the guided missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG-63), the landing dock ship USS Ashland (LSD-48), and the diving and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52), along with a P-8 Poseidon aircraft, Navy expeditionary forces, Marines assigned to the III Marine Expeditionary Force-3rd Marine Division, a platoon from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, staff from Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF 73) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, and the 7th Fleet Band Orient Express.
The Philippine Navy assets and units include the minesweeper frigate BRP Rizal (PS-74), the Del Pilar Class Frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15), a landing craft heavy, an AW-109 helicopter, an EOD team, diving team, construction platoon, a marine company and the Philippine Fleet band. Also participating are various units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
This year’s CARAT Philippines focuses on combined operations at sea, amphibious landings, diving and salvage, maritime domain awareness, and community service events.
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