US and Indonesia begin CARAT 2015 naval exercises

3 August 2015 (Last Updated August 3rd, 2015 18:30)

The US Navy has commenced the 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2015, strengthening military cooperation between the two countries.

The US Navy has commenced the 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2015, strengthening military cooperation between the two countries.

Naval exercises will take place in Surabaya and in the waters and airspace of the Java and Bali Seas.

As part of the drill, more than 1,000 US military personnel will join the Indonesian Navy and Marines, Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL).

Task Force 73 commander rear admiral Charlie Williams said: "Our long-standing partnership with the Indonesian Navy and Marines has allowed us to enhance our bilateral cooperation and increase the complexity of CARAT.

"The diverse platforms and capabilities…will enable us to rehearse high-end tactical and integrated warfare scenarios in a realistic training environment."

"The diverse platforms and capabilities featured in this exercise will enable us to rehearse high-end tactical and integrated warfare scenarios in a realistic training environment both at sea and shore."

The exercise will see simultaneous amphibious landings, and surface and anti-submarine warfare, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) demonstrations, as well as mobile dive and salvage training.

Moreover, it will involve coastal riverine operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, a gunnery exercise, and an anti-air warfare missile live fire training exercise.

Both US and Indonesian personnel will share practises on naval tactics during a series of military seminars ashore, in addition to the scheduled civil action projects, aviation maintenance, sports exchanges, military law, and submarine warfare symposia.

The exercise is scheduled for conclusion on 10 August.

CARAT is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the US Navy and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and South East Asia.

Recently, the US Navy and Marine Corps, and the Singapore Armed Forces completed the CARAT Singapore 2015 exercise.