Home : Media : News : News Article View

Harpers Ferry and 11th MEU Arrive in Brunei for CARAT 2019

| Amphibious Squadron Five  | Oct. 15, 2019

BRUNEI – The amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Brunei for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2019 exercise with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Oct. 10.

During CARAT, Marines launched from USS Harper’s Ferry to conduct an amphibious assault using Amphibious Assault Vehicles to secure the beachhead, before moving inland to conduct more jungle warfare and combat medical training.

“Our participation in CARAT shows the United States’ commitment to the region and strengthens longstanding maritime partnerships with our allies,” said Cmdr. Janice Pollard, commanding officer of Harpers Ferry. “Working side-by-side with the RBAF we are able to develop cooperative maritime security capabilities in support of security, stability and prosperity in maritime regions throughout Southeast Asia.”

Exercise CARAT, now in its 25th year, highlights the U.S. commitment to the region and demonstrates U.S. maritime forces in longstanding maritime partnership with RBAF and is a sign of U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific

The overarching goals of the CARAT exercise series are to promote regional security cooperation, maintain and strengthen maritime partnerships and enhance interoperability among participating forces. CARAT also builds people-to-people relationships through professional exchanges and symposia, sports and social events, and community service projects.

“We're excited at the opportunity to come to Brunei and see this beautiful country,” said Lt. Col. Gary Thompson, commanding officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 11. “Our training here, and more importantly learning from each other's organizations, will make our team better equipped to handle whatever challenges may come our way.”

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.

Harpers Ferry is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
245,820
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
U.S., U.K., Japan Navies Reaffirm Commitment to Increased Cooperation
Chief of Maritime Staff Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, left, First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sign a Trilateral Head of Navy Joint Statement aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08). The trilateral cooperation agreement reaffirms the three countries’ commitment to increased collaboration and cooperation.
Nov. 21, 2019 - ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday joined First Sea Lord, United

HSC-25 Conducts MEDEVAC of Chinese Citizen at Sea
Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-25) the “Island Knights” perform a medical evacuation mission at sea from aboard a Hong Kong-flagged vessel for a Chinese national in medical distress in the vicinity of Guam, Nov, 20, 2019. HSC-25 provided life-saving medical care while transporting the patient to Guam Memorial Hospital. The “Island Knights” provide search-and-rescue, medical evacuation, and multi-mission capabilities to 7th Fleet area of operation.
Nov. 21, 2019 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Guam-based “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron

B-52s Complete 19.5-hour Mission, Live-fire Training with Army in Hawaii
A UH-60 Black Hawk flares before landing with armed escort from an AH-64 Apache during infiltration operations for a Fire Support Coordination Exercise on Pohakuloa Training Area, located on the big island of Hawaii, November 12 through 21, 2019. During the exercise, members of the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron and U.S. Army Pacific 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, integrated with B-52 Stratofortress bombers for live-fire training missions in support of Indo-Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations
Nov. 21, 2019 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircrews

USS Emory S. Land Visits Subic Bay
Able Seaman Genaro Cuico, a Military Sealift Command civilian mariner assigned to the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), prepares to toss a line to the pier as the ship prepares to moor at Subic Bay, Philippines, Nov. 18. Land is in Subic Bay for a scheduled port visit to conduct a series of inspections for Land's Fleet Maintenance Activity Assessment.
Nov. 21, 2019 - SUBIC BAY, Philippines -- The submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Subic Bay,

Kadena Innovators Compete for AF-level Honors
From left, Master Sgt. Joy McCammon, 718th Force Support Squadron casualty operations section chief, Staff Sgt. Alexander Nestle, 18th Communications Squadron software development supervisor, and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Sills, 18th CS NCO in charge of application development, stand for a photo at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 19, 2019. They are part of the PRAS team named as one of two U.S. Pacific Air Forces Spark Tank nominees to compete at the Air Force level.
Nov. 21, 2019 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members from the 718th Force Support and the 18th Communications Squadrons