The United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Forsa Defesa Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) and PNTL recently concluded the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)
exercise, which was held from July 31 until August 4, 2017.
“CARAT demonstrates America’s commitment to peace and stability of the region, and the value that the United States places on partnerships, cooperation, and developing capability,” noted U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton at this year’s closing ceremony.
CARAT – entering its 23rd year overall – is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. In its fifth year in Timor-Leste, CARAT 2017 was foced on improving maritime security capabilities and increasing interoperability. Some of the skills developed during CARAT include life-saving techniques, boat safety, and equipment maintenance.
While the exercise is designed to enhance maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among the participants, CARAT was also highlight the importance of relationship-building through sport and social activities.