CARAT gets underway

10 nation exercise kicks off.

US combat ship joins annual exercise with Bangladesh navy

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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