Philippine-US Navy | CARAT War Games near Disputed Shoal

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Philippine-US Navy | CARAT War Games near Disputed Shoal


The Philippine Navy and American troops will hold a joint naval exercise near Scarborough Shoal. The Philippine Navy spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Gregory Fabic announced yesterday that a six-day exercise will be held from June 27 to July 2.

The so-called Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training (CARAT) will start Thursday in Subic Bay and later a war game between the two allies will be staged at about 108 kilometers east of Scarborough Shoal, locally named Panatag shoal.

According to Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, the actual location where the US navy and Philippine troops would conduct its joint naval maneuvers is “very far” from Panatag Shoal, about the distance between Manila and Tarlac. So China cannot view it as an act of “intimidation”.

A Philippine Navy ship and 500 personnel will be involved in the exercises, including Marine companies, the Philippine Naval Special Operations Group and Naval Construction Brigade or the Sea Bees Engineers while the US Navy will deploy 4 ships. The Philippine Coast Guard will also take part by deploying a ship, aircraft, and a special operations team.

The war games are not related to the territorial dispute between Manila and Beijing. CARAT is one of the several annual military exercises that the two countries hold in the Philippines.

"It's a five-year planned exercise, this was planned a long time ago. The exercise was planned before this (Scarborough Shoal) issue took place, since 2011 up to 2015," Fabic said.

He also said, the navy war games aim to strengthen the two countries' joint naval capabilities through exchanges and tactical exercises.

The exchanges, he said, include communications, naval surface operations, counter terrorism and maritime security operations, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.

The US Pacific Fleet conducts CARAT with the armed forces of its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor and the Philippines. (PDI & ABS-CBN news)

Last year, the Philippine Navy together with US counterpart and Southeast Asian countries joined together for a five-day combined naval exercise dubbed as Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT).




Posted by on 22 Jun 2013

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