CHATTOGRAM, U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh -- From October 17 to November 10, the U.S. Embassy held the second Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) exercise of 2022 between U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and the Bangladesh Navy Special Warfare Diving & Salvage (BN SWADS). The JCET is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at enhancing the forces’ combat readiness and their ability to respond to maritime threats.
The BN SWADS and NSW trainers undertook a four-week physically demanding training exercise that familiarized participants with patrolling and crisis response tactics. Objectives for the training included fundamentals of underway medical training and boat maintenance, maritime mission planning, vessel boarding search and seizure maneuvering, and maritime communications.
By the end of the course, the 42 participants from BN SWADS expertly navigated their U.S. manufactured Defender and MetalShark patrol boats on the Karnafuli River and Bay of Bengal, demonstrating professionalism and preparedness to defend Bangladesh and promote and protect Bangladesh’s maritime interests.
Since 2009, U.S. Naval Special Warfare sailors and Special Forces soldiers have successfully trained more than 400 BN SWADS sailors through the JCET exercises. Through its partnership with Bangladesh, the United States is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, and responding to crises.