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USS TORTUGA ARRIVES
IN INDONESIA FOR
The U.S. Navy announced that the forward-
deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS
Tortuga (LSD 46) arrived in Jakarta May 21,
marking the beginning of exercise Cooperation
Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2013.
CARAT is a series of bilateral
exercises held annually in
Southeast Asia to strengthen
relationships between the United
States 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
"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
"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 United States
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
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and
the Indian Navy (IN) conducted the annual
Singapore-Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise
(SIMBEX), from 16 to 23 May 2013. Hosted by
Singapore, SIMBEX 2013 is the 20th in the series
of annual bilateral exercises held since 1994. The
exercise comprised a shore phase held at Changi
Naval Base and a sea phase in the South China
According to the Singapore Ministry of
Defence, this year's SIMBEX saw the RSN
deploying a frigate embarked with a naval
helicopter, a missile corvette, a submarine and a
maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), while the Republic
of Singapore Air Force deployed fighter aircraft
for the exercise. The IN participated in the
exercise with a frigate, a corvette, a helicopter
and an MPA.
The exercise underscores the warm and long-
standing defence ties between both countries.
During the exercise, Commanding Officer of
185 Squadron Colonel Cheong Kwok Chien
highlighted that SIMBEX had provided valuable
opportunities for personnel from the RSN and the
IN to train and operate with each other. "Not only
has the exercise enhanced the interoperability
between both navies, it has also deepened
the mutual understanding and strengthened
friendship between us," said COL Cheong.
Over the years, SIMBEX has grown in
tactical complexity and expanded beyond its
traditional emphasis on anti-submarine warfare
to incorporate increasing elements of anti-air and
anti-surface warfare. The two navies also interact
regularly through a range of activities, including
professional exchange programmes, staff talks
and courses. Ù
SEE PAGE 38 FOR DETAILS
USS Tortuga arrives in Jakarta
Credit: USN / Joshua T. Rodriguez
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