US, Cambodia Navies Launch Joint Military Exercise

CARAT Cambodia kicks off November 16.

US, Cambodia Navies Launch Joint Military Exercise

By Prashanth Parameswaran

On November 16, the United States and Cambodia launched an annual military exercise with an opening ceremony held at the Royal Cambodian Ream Navy Base in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

The sixth iteration of the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise is designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop relationships, and enhance cooperation between the two navies. It is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises conducted by the U.S. Navy with partners now involving nine countries in South and Southeast Asia – Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste (See: “US Eyes Expanded Military Exercises with ASEAN Navies”). The Royal Cambodian Navy (RCN) is one of the newer CARAT partners in the exercise series, which began back in 1995.

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