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Sailors tend to lines on the forecastle of the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) as the ship pulls into Jakarta Harbor for a port visit, marking the beginning of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013. Tortuga is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and is participating in CARAT, the annual bilateral naval exercise series between the United States and partner nations in the Southeast Asia region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner/Released)

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) arrived in Jakarta today, marking the beginning of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013, May 21.

CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships between the U.S. and partner nations. The exercise serves as a model of how the navies can cooperate and work together to address shared security concerns.

“The U.S. and Indonesia have a working relationship that is continuing to grow stronger with common shared goals,” said Cmdr. John Barnett, commanding officer, USS Tortuga. “We share democratic and seafaring traditions as well as a mutual desire to maintain stability in this region.”

The exercise will be comprised of a series of events directed to strengthening both navies’ ability to respond to humanitarian and disaster assistance events, maintain maritime security, and improving communications procedures.

“CARAT increases our interoperability during humanitarian operations,” said Cmdr. Doug Patterson, executive officer, USS Tortuga. “That continued development is paramount, given the collaborative efforts our navies have provided during major humanitarian assistance operations in recent years.”

During the exercise, sailors and embarked personnel will be afforded opportunities to explore the rich culture and heritage of Indonesia as well as interact directly with their Indonesian military counterparts.

“It’s always important to be able to share our knowledge with our Indonesian partners and receive their expertise in return,” said Barnett. “It allows us to grow stronger in our abilities to maintain security and provide assistance when needed.”

The exercise will begin with an opening ceremony at Hall YosSoedarso, Western Fleet Command headquarters where members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and members of the Indonesian military will attend.

“CARAT is a great opportunity for us to serve as goodwill ambassadors of the U.S. promoting peace and stability,” said Patterson. “As well as demonstrating our commitment to regional partnerships and maintaining a strong working relationship with our Indonesian friends.”


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Date Taken:05.21.2013

Date Posted:05.21.2013 01:34

Location:JAKARTA, IDGlobe

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