Naval assets and commanders from the US Navy have been deployed to Singapore to participate in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (Carat)/Marine Exercise (Marex).

The exercise, which is currently underway, is being conducted together with the Republic of Singapore Navy.

This is the 28th iteration of CARAT/MAREX series, designed to strengthen maritime partnership and interoperability between US and Singapore.

Additionally, the bilateral exercise aims to enhance regional security cooperation between the two nations.

The US Navy has deployed its 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to take part in the drills.

Among the US Navy’s deployed assets are Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock vessel USS John P Murtha (LPD 26).

The two vessels are currently deployed under the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) for carrying out routinely operations in the US 7th Fleet area of operations.

Apart from LHD 8 and LPD 26, this ARG also includes amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

USS Makin Island commanding officer captain Tony Chavez said: “We value our longstanding relationship with Singapore founded on our shared belief that presence is vital for prosperity.

“This is the second iteration of the CARAT series the crew has had the opportunity to participate in. Each time we are able to operate with our partners it allows us to sharpen our skills and contribute to regional peace and security.”

The exercise will also involve a series of multinational drills, designed specifically to bolster capabilities of the US and partner nations’ naval forces to undertake collaborative operations.

The missions will primarily focus on addressing various traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges faced by navies in the Indo-Pacific region.