Home : Media : News : News Article View

US Navy, Royal Thai Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians conduct knowledge exchange during CARAT 2019

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams | CTF 75 Public Affairs | June 21, 2019

SATTAHIP NAVAL BASE, Thailand (NNS) -- Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Diver and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Center conducted a knowledge exchange classroom seminar as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2019, May 31.

U.S. Navy and RTN EOD technicians discussed waterborne improvised explosive devices, improvised demolition charges, and the tactics, techniques and procedures for handling different types of explosives and devices used by various extremist organizations.

"Our mission as the explosive ordnance disposal component of CARAT Thailand 2019 is to improve our ability to interoperate with our Thai counterparts and provide them with information and techniques that will ultimately help them accomplish their mission of keeping the Thai people safe,” said Lt. Andrew Kuo, a platoon commander assigned to EODMU 5. “Part of the purpose of this exercise is to exchange information and foster a cooperative environment so that both teams walk away having obtained valuable experience and knowledge that will help in future mission success."

At the conclusion of the classroom portion of the knowledge exchange, both the U.S. Navy and RTN EOD technicians took turns conducting an equipment demonstration to learn about the similarities and differences between their respective equipment.

According to RTN Lt. Prawit Kongnak, the class leader of the RTN Diver and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Center during CARAT Thailand 2019, this portion of the knowledge exchange was invaluable because knowing how each other’s equipment functions and how each team can contribute to a situation is vital in the event they need to respond to a real-life scenario together.

“This type of training is very beneficial for both the Royal Thai Navy and the U.S. Navy because the more you know, the more you can keep yourself and everyone else safe,” said Kongnak. “It is especially beneficial for the EOD community because the only way to keep the community and our teams safe is to study each other’s techniques and procedures in a joint environment to ensure we fully understand how one another thinks and operates.”

CARAT Thailand 2019 is the seventh CARAT Kongnak has participated in and he believes that while learning techniques and procedures is vital, it is not the only thing to be gained from working alongside the U.S. Navy in a combined environment.

“As the years passed, I have seen the progress both our countries have made and how much we have grown and learned from one another,” said Kongnak. “It is amazing to see how the relationship between our two countries has moved from just a professional relationship, but also to one of lasting friendship.”

For the remainder of CARAT Thailand 2019, EODMU 5 and the RTN Diver and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Center are scheduled to continue exchanging knowledge by conducting controlled explosion training demonstrations and by completing two training scenarios involving how to properly dispose of waterborne improvised explosive devices.

CARAT, the U.S. Navy's oldest and longest continually running regional exercise in South and Southeast Asia, strengthens partnerships between regional navies and enhances maritime security cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific. The Royal Thai Navy has been a part of the annual CARAT series since the exercise began in 1995.

CARAT builds upon other engagements in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands including Pacific Partnership, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission, Maritime Training Activity Malaysia, Maritime Training Activity Philippines, Pacific Griffin with Singapore and Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), which involves nearly a dozen partner nations. These engagements bring like-minded naval forces together routinely based on shared values and maritime security interests.

Get more information about the Navy from US Navy facebook or twitter.

For more news from Commander, Task Force 75, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf75/.


Like Us
Follow Us



Ceremony Broadcast from Hallowed Pearl Harbor to Honor 78th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway
The national ensign waves from the mast aboard the USS Midway Museum during a ceremony held in observance of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
June 5, 2020 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM -- Commander Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle

Journey to Service
Lt. Emily Rosenzweig, a chaplain assigned to 3rd Radio Battalion Religious Ministry Team at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, reads a Hebrew prayer aboard the USS Arizona Memorial during an Interfaith Prayer service and Floral Tribute. The event allowed religious leaders from the U.S. military, Hawaii, and Japan to engage in prayer to honor the fallen service members. Dec. 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. Since Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. and Japan have endured more than 70 years of continued peace, a cornerstone of security and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As a Pacific nation, the U.S. is committed to continue its responsibility of protecting the Pacific sea-lanes, advancing international ideals and relationships, well as delivering security, influence and responsiveness in the region.
June 5, 2020 - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Throughout the country and across the globe are a universal set of

Service Members, Civilians Bound By DOD Rules During Election Campaigns
James Brady, 14th Force Support Squadron community readiness specialist and installation voting assistance officer, talks with Air Force Staff Sgt. Cory Henning, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, during Armed Forces Voters Week in the base exchange on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., June 27, 2018. Though federal election years have a large effect on the voting community and activity, elections are happening across the country every year.
June 5, 2020 - WASHINGTON -- It's election season again, when federal, state and local political campaigns kick

Humphreys Community Celebrates Graduating Students
More than 250 cars from the Humphreys community joined a reverse parade, June 3, to show their support for the graduating seniors. While the seniors stood by decorated light poles, the community drove by in cars, waving and shouting to congratulate them on their achievement.
June 5, 2020 - CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- The Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific and

USS Theodore Roosevelt Departs Guam Mission Ready
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departs Apra Harbor July 4, 2020. Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt is returning to operational tasking during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific.
June 4, 2020 - APRA HARBOR, Guam -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed Apra Harbor to continue its scheduled