Oct 02, Colombo: The United States Pacific Fleet will commence the 23rd Cooperation Afloat Readiness & Training (CARAT) Exercise with Sri Lanka Navy today (02) in Trincomalee. The exercise will continue until 6th October.
The CARAT exercise is a series of annual bilateral military exercises conducted by the United States Pacific Fleet with the navies of several Asian countries. This is the first time the exercise is held in Sri Lanka.
CARAT is a premier naval engagement which addresses shared maritime security priorities, enhances interoperability among participating forces, and develops sustained naval partnership with nations across South and Southeast Asia. It is aimed at building trust and creating strong relationships, thus paving the way for increased readiness and interoperability that allows partner nations to work closely with navies across the region and enhance cooperative maritime security.
CARAT series began in 1995 and it has continuously increased into a complex series of training exercises in ashore, at sea and in the air.