October 26th, 2012
by US Navy SEALs
The U.S. Navy and Royal Cambodian Navy kicked off the 3rd annual
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise on
opening ceremony was held at the Royal Cambodian Ream Navy Base which
included an remarks from U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Tom Carney, commander,
Task Force 73, and Royal Cambodian Navy Vice Adm. Ouk Seyna.
The 2012 CARAT Cambodia exercise
will constitute four days of events in port and 36 hours at sea. While
in port, members of both navies will have an opportunity to share best
practices and build friendships through a series of activities,
including sporting events, subject matter expert exchanges, symposia
and community service projects.
During the at-sea phase, U.S. and Royal Cambodian Navy ships will
get underway to practice a range of competencies, including formation
maneuvers, gunnery and maritime security exercises.
“Two years have passed since 2010 when the inaugural CARAT Cambodia
marked the first dedicated naval exercise between the United States and
Cambodia in decades,” Carney said. “Since then, the U.S. Navy and Royal
Cambodian Navy have built upon previous CARATs to make this year’s
exercise more productive.”
CARAT is a series of annual, bilateral maritime exercises
between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei,
Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand,
and Timor Leste.
For this year, approximately 500 U.S. Sailors, Marines and 300 Royal
Cambodian sailors are participating in CARAT Cambodia exercise.