Navy trains with Bangladesh in Bay of Bengal during CARAT’s latest leg
By CHRISTIAN LOPEZ | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 7, 2018
The U.S. and Bangladesh navies are training together in a series of bilateral exercises aimed at strengthening professional skills and relationships across South and Southeast Asia.
The 24th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT, began in June in Thailand, with stops also scheduled for Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Bangladesh.
This week, the U.S. and Bangladesh navies are taking part in a series of joint shore and sea drills showcasing their joint ability to provide “maritime security, stability and prosperity,” a Navy statement said.
Several Navy ships — including the dry cargo ship USNS Pfc. Dewayne T. Williams — are joining Bangladesh navy vessels in the Bay of Bengal to practice tracking and pursuing targets and screening for potential threats. The navies will also rehearse division tactics designed to enhance communication as ships sail together in complex maneuvers.
During the exercise’s shore phase, sailors will share knowledge about such subjects as aviation warfare and gas-turbine maintenance, the statement added.
CARAT serves as a symbol reflecting the strong relationship between the U.S. and Bangladesh, Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, Task Force 73 commander, said in the statement.
“The long-standing partnership between Bangladesh and the United States has contributed to peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said. “These engagements reflect our shared belief that regional challenges increasingly require cooperative solutions by capable naval forces.”