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December 13, 2021updated 21 Jul 2022 12:47pm

Bangladesh and US forces complete CARAT Bangladesh 2021 exercise

It included nine days of ‘virtual, in-person and at-sea engagements’ between the two navies.

Navies of Bangladesh and the US have completed the 27th Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2021 exercise.

The exercise is claimed to demonstrate the bilateral force’s abilities in jointly working through numerous events.

It provided an opportunity to address the region’s shared maritime security concerns and boost the partnership to maintain a free, open, and secure Indo-Pacific region.

It concluded on 9 December after nine days of virtual, in-person and at-sea operations to improve collaboration between the two navies.

Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Tulsa (LCS 16) embarked the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter of HSC Squadron 21 are the participating assets on behalf of the US in the exercise.

Other participants include staff from US 7th Fleet Band, Commander Task Force (CTF) 72, CTF 75, CTF 76, DESRON 7, and US Embassy Dhaka.

Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 commodore captain Tom Ogden said: “As maritime nations with a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, we used CARAT to contribute to regional maritime security by enhancing our ability to work side-by-side at sea as well as in the planning process.”

The exercise’s virtual subject matter expert (SME) exchange events included several joint training opportunities.

Maritime aviation, maritime domain awareness, Women, Peace & Security (WPS) symposium, as well as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and mine countermeasures were some of the events.

Bangladesh Navy guided missile frigate BNS Bangabandhu (F 25) commanding officer captain A N M Ishtiaq Jahan Farouqee said: “I am confident that this visit of USS Tulsa, including performing exercises with Bangladesh Navy at sea, is a milestone in enhancing the relationship between our navies in greater mutual maritime cooperation.

“Frequent interaction by naval diplomacy of such kind gives us an opportunity to exchange views and nourish our relations.”

In November last year, the US and Bangladesh navies joined together for the CARAT Bangladesh 2020.

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