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Philippines, US start joint naval exercise

2nd July 2012 | 3.880 Views
Philippines, US start joint naval exercise
USS Vandergrift as seen in an official visit in Surabaya, E Java, Indonesia. She is now along with several warships and military air vehicles in Manila, the Philipines, joining Cooperation Afloat Readiness And Training (CARAT) 2012, between US Navy and Philippines counterpart. (FOTO ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat)
Manila (ANTARA News) - The Philippines and the US formally opened a nine-day joint naval exercise in the southern Philippine city of General Santos on Monday, according to army official.

Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command Chief Lt Gen Jorge Segovia and US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Tomas led the formal opening of the annual training exercise more known as Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).

Philippine and US Navy and Coast Guard personnel will participate in CARAT.

Armed Forces Spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said the exercise will test the personnel and the naval assets' operational readiness of both countries and improve Philippine naval defense.

The US Navy is employing USS Vandergrift and USNS Safeguard, a P3C Orion surveillance plane and a SH-60B helicopter and 350 men for the exercise. The US Coast Guard has brought in USCG Waesche and 150 personnel.

The Philippine Navy has reserved BRPs Magat Salamat, Miguel Malvar, Salvador Abcede and Teotimo Figuracion and 400 men while the Philippine Coast Guard is employing BRP Pampanga, a BO-105CB helicopter, and 150 men.

The training activities under CARAT includes cross training exercises, diving and salvage exercises, air operations exercises, at-sea fleet training exercises, search and rescue exercises.

The exercise will also pave the way for the conduct of civil military operations in Glan, Sarangani which was hit by flashfloods last May; and in General Santos City.