CARAT gets underway
10 nation exercise kicks off.
US combat ship joins annual exercise with Bangladesh navy
The US has brought, for the first time, its littoral combat ship Fort Worth (LCS 3) to Bangladesh for an annual naval exercise focused on “shared maritime priorities”.
Styled ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)’, the five-day exercise will begin on Wednesday in Chittagong, where issues of counter-piracy, counter-smuggling and maritime interception operations, besides port security, would be stressed.
Both navies “gained” from this exercise being held annually since 2011, a US Navy commander of the western pacific Rear Admiral Charlie Williams said at a press briefing in Dhaka on Tuesday.
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