US joins SE Asia piracy drills

Drills will take place in Malacca and Singapore Straits.

Navy joins multinational piracy exercise in Southeast Asia

By Erik Slavin

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The United States and six other nations kicked off a five-day naval exercise Monday aimed at combating piracy and other crimes in Southeast Asia’s heavily trafficked waters.

The Singapore-based Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training Exercise, or SEACAT, comes as piracy appears to be increasing in the South China Sea, where trillions of dollars in global trade transit annually.

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