Bangladesh-US navy joint exercise starts

DHAKA A joint exercise titled 'Cooperation Afloat

Readiness and Training (CARAT)- 2019' between Bangladesh Navy and the US Navy

started today at Bangladesh Navy's School of Maritime Warfare and Tactics

(SMWT) auditorium in Chattogram.

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (operations) Bangladesh Navy Rear Admiral M

Makbul Hossain was present as the chief guest in the opening ceremony while

Rear Admiral Murray Tynch, commander logistic group, Western Pacific Command

Task Force 73 (CTF-73) of the US Navy was present as special guest.

Besides, all administrative authorities of Chattogram Naval Area,

representative of Armed Forces Division and senior officers of three services

were present, among others, said an ISPR press release.

Exercise CARAT is the biggest naval exercise between Bangladesh Navy and

the US Navy. In addition to Bangladesh Navy, US Navy operates this bilateral

exercise at various times along with other countries.

The exercise is being held mainly in two phases. In the first phase,

various preparations and coordination meetings were held under the pre-

training phase from November 2 to 3, 2019. The second phase is conducting

from November 4 to 7, 2019 with different subject-based training and

exercise, it said.

The main objective of the exercise is to further enhance the existing

bilateral relations between the US and Bangladesh Navy. Besides, it is an

opportunity to increase their capacity and to get acquainted with advanced

technology this will be accomplished through various theoretical and

practical training.

The exercise is being conducted under the overall supervision of Commander

BN Fleet.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)