More Asia drills for US Navy

‘Multilateralization’ of drills to take place next year, a senior naval official tells The Diplomat.

US to Expand Military Exercises in the Asia-Pacific in 2016

By Prashanth Parameswaran

The United States will look to expand its naval exercises in the Asia-Pacific in 2016, a commander told The Diplomat in an interview published October 13 (See: “Interview: The Future of US Military Exercises in the Asia-Pacific”).

The United States already has a series of exercises that it does with Asian nations, including the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise that now includes nine South and Southeast Asian countries along with a naval engagement activity with Vietnam, as well as the smaller Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise with six nations.

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