US and Malaysian forces conclude CARAT 2015 exercise

23 August 2015 (Last Updated August 23rd, 2015 18:30)

The US Navy, US Marine Corps, and Malaysian Armed Forces have completed the 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2015) exercise.

CARAT Malaysia 2015

The US Navy, US Marine Corps, and Malaysian Armed Forces have completed the 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2015) exercise.

The exercise saw the forces performing a series of shore-based and at sea training events aimed to address shared maritime security concerns, develop relationships and enhance interoperability.

Destroyer Squadron 7 commodore captain H B Le said: "The complex and realistic training events conducted during CARAT 2015 will go a long way toward further increasing interoperability.

"That continued development is critical and will prove to be very beneficial when working together during any future regional contingencies."

The shore-based events in the CARAT Malaysia 2015 included marksmanship and jungle training between US Marines and soldiers from the Malaysian army, small boat riverine operations, and building a gazebo at a local school.

"The complex and realistic training events conducted during CARAT 2015 will go a long way toward further increasing interoperability."

The exercises in the sea saw USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducting combined manoeuvres, live gun shoots, visit, board, search and seizure evolutions, as well as small craft attack drills with the Royal Malaysian Navy vessels KD Jebat and KD Kedah.

The US unit for the exercise included more than 300 marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (III MEB), nine amphibious assault vehicles and three aircraft, the Germantown and Fort Worth.

H B Le added: "We look forward to participating with their armed forces again during the Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise, the premier multilateral exercise in Southeast Asia focusing on regional cooperation to address shared maritime security challenges."

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.


Image: Task Force 73 commander rear admiral Charlie Williams receives honours from the Royal Malaysian navy during CARAT Malaysia 2015. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 1st class Jay C Pugh / Released.