The US and Indonesia launched the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) training exercise on May 22.

This year’s event will consist of different training components, including medical and aviation symposiums, personnel exchanges, gun and missile fire exercises at sea, jungle training, helicopter and maritime patrol aircraft operations, ship maneuvers, community outreach, a sports day, and joint navy band performances.

The US has deployed some 1,200 Navy and Marine Corps personnel from ships USS Momsen, USS Tortuga, USNS safeguard, and a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to the event.

On the Indonesian side are around 800 sailors and Marine Corps crewmen with KRI Oswald Siahaan and KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda combat ships, CN212 maritime patrol aircraft, western fleet aviation, including medical and diving units.

As the largest bilateral engagement between the US and Indonesian navies, CARAT is designed to enhance cooperation between the two countries. This annual exercise advances bilateral links in shared security priorities, including maritime security, anti-terrorism, and disaster response.-VNA