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Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the United States Navy (USN) have
successfully conducted Exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training
(CARAT) 2022. Held from 9 to 13 January, the exercise saw the participation of
over 2000 personnel from both countries. The RSN participated with an
Endurance-class landing ship tank RSS Endurance
and the USN deployed a San Antonio-class landing platform dock USS John P. Murtha, and a Wasp-class
amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island.
Personnel from the Singapore Guards and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a
CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) were
also involved in the exercise.
exercise opening ceremony was officiated by the RSN’s Commander Third Flotilla
Colonel (COL) Ang Jeng Kai and the USN’s Commander Logistics Group Western
Pacific Rear Admiral (RADM) Mark Melson on 9 January in RSS Singapura - Changi
Naval Base (CNB). During his opening remarks, COL Ang said, “Since its
inaugural iteration in 1995, Exercise CARAT has served as an important
cooperative endeavour between the RSN and the USN, reinforcing the excellent
and long-standing bilateral defence relations between Singapore and the US.
Furthermore, Exercise CARAT has served as an effective medium for both navies
to strengthen navy-to-navy relations by enhancing cooperation, furthering
mutual understanding, and deepening personal and professional ties between
personnel.” RADM Melson added, “CARAT Singapore is a bilateral exercise to
build military to military cooperation and partnership. These military to
military bilateral relationships are crucial day in and day out when we think
about managing crises and we think about operating in a rules based order.”
shore phase of Exercise CARAT was held in CNB, where exercise participants
conducted joint planning and professional exchanges. Thereafter, the sea phase
saw the ships and other participating assets conducting various exercise
serials such as ship-to-shore training in waters off Pulau Sudong within
Singapore territorial waters.
conducted in 1995, Exercise CARAT highlights the strong navy-to-navy relations
between Singapore and the US, as well as the excellent and long-standing
bilateral defence relations between both countries. Both navies also engage in
a wide range of activities, including professional exchanges, cross-attendance
of courses and participation in bilateral and multilateral exercises. These
regular interactions have enhanced cooperation and mutual understanding between
the two militaries, and deepened personal and professional ties between the