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U.S. Naval Forces Arrive in Malaysia for CARAT

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Story Number: NNS080709-20
Release Date: 7/9/2008 9:29:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dan Meaney, Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs

KEMAMAN, Malaysia (NNS) -- U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Royal Malaysian armed forces opened the fourth phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008 with a ceremony July 8.

The joint forces will train together for the next 10 days on land, at sea and in the air, developing skills through a series of exercises.

"Working in concert with our partners gives us the advantage of our combined experience to best affect the security of the maritime domain, said Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific Rear Adm. Nora W. Tyson.

"Aside from giving us the opportunity to learn from each other, we know none of us can do it alone. We need our partners to achieve our common goals."

Ashore, the combined forces will attend a variety of symposia and workshops to prepare for the at-sea evolutions. These evolutions will include maritime interdiction and surveillance training, amphibious operations, air defense, surface gunnery and diving operations in the South China Sea.

Royal Malaysian Navy Rear Adm. Dato' Jamil Bin Osman, chief of staff of the Joint Forces Headquarters, said the increased complexity of the interoperability between land, maritime and air forces makes cooperative efforts like CARAT more and more important.

"We cannot deny the fact both forces will be able to learn something from each other for our mutual benefit," Osman said. "This gaining of experience and sharing of knowledge will only serve to enhance the bonds of friendship between us."

Again this year, the forces will communicate using the Combined Enterprise Regional Information System, or CENTRIXS, an information sharing system that works in text- and Web-based formats to help ease the language barrier. CENTRIXS will be installed on both the U.S. and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) ships before the at-sea phase begins.

For the third consecutive year of CARAT's 14-year history, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will train with its U.S. counterpart, the U.S. Coast Guard. The two agencies will share visit, board, search and seizure techniques pierside and at sea.

The U.S. CARAT task group consists of the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), the guided-missile frigates USS Jarrett (FFG 33) and USS Ford (FFG 54), the USCG cutter Morganthau (WHEC-722), and USNS Safeguard (ARS-50).

CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military training exercises between the United States and several Southeast Asian nations.

For more news from Commander Task Force 73, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/clwp/.



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