United States and Indonesian navies have started bilateral exercise, the 22nd Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). The said exchange started August 2 and will run until August 8. The joint activity will take place on the ground in Surabaya and in the waters and airspace of the Java and Bali Seas, the US Navy said.
“The United States and Indonesia share a common vision for maintaining a peaceful and prosperous environment at sea,” said Rear Admiral Brian Hurley, commander, Task Force 73.
“Our shared interest in maritime security is what CARAT is all about – and it’s allowed our navies to develop a sustained and growing partnership that benefits both countries,” Rear Admiral Brian Hurley added.
U.S. units participating in the exercise include the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), a Los Angeles Class submarine, the rescue and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) with an embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU), the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket (EPF-1), the expeditionary transfer dock USNS Montford Point (T-ESD-1), a P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 8, and civil engineers and technicians from Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5.
CARAT Philippines 2016 was held last June 6 to 10.
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