USS Fort Worth

The US Navy, Marine Corps, and the Malaysian Armed Forces have commenced the 21st annual cooperation afloat readiness and training (CARAT) 2015.

CARAT Malaysia 2015 will see five days of shore-based and at-sea training events that are aimed to address shared maritime security concerns, build relationships, and improve interoperability.

Task Force 73 commander rear admiral Charlie Williams said: "This marks the 21st year that the US and Malaysian armed forces have come together for CARAT, and our enhanced military partnership today reflects the maturity of this relationship.

"Partnerships matter in this region. Sustained partnerships matter even more."

The training event will see participation of more than 1,000 US military members alongside their counterparts from Malaysia.

It will involve simultaneous amphibious landings, surface warfare drills, visit, board, search and seizure demonstrations, and explosive ordnance disposal training.

"Partnerships matter in this region. Sustained partnerships matter even more."

In addition, the exercise will see maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, a gunnery exercise, coastal Riverine drills, and civil engineering projects.

The event will also benefit with the presence of US units, including littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), a P-3C Orion.

The US Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit FIVE, Coastal Riverine Group ONE, and US Marines assigned to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (III MEB) will also participate in the training.

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: The US Navy’s Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) will participate in CARAT Malaysia 2015. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 2nd Class Antonio P Turretto Ramos.