Timor-Leste, U.S. Practice Naval Skills



Published on 26 February 2014


by Office of the Spokesperson

(WireNews+Co)

Washington, D.C.

Members of the Timor-Leste Defense Force and U.S. sailors practice using a fire hose aboard a ship, the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd. Timor-Leste is the newest participant in the U.S. Navy’s annual CARAT exercise series, where the Navy holds bilateral training with the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and now Timor Leste.

CARAT stands for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training.

“CARAT provides tremendous opportunities for our sailors to work side-by-side with another nation’s maritime force and share valuable operational skills, from basic navigation and seamanship to military medicine and shipboard firefighting,” said Captain Fred Kacher, deputy commander of the U.S. Navy’s Destroyer Squadron Seven. He spoke at a ceremony kicking off the exercise.

Kacher said the schedule of training activities and people-to-people exchanges would help establish personal and professional relationships that would serve both navies for many years to come. In addition to maritime training events aboard the USS Kidd, community-service projects, receptions and sporting events will allow participants to interact with the local community.

 


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Posted 2014-02-26 18:18:00