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Jakarta Post

RI, US conduct naval exercise in Surabaya

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, May 31 2012   /  07:44 am

SURABAYA: The Indonesian and US navies have launched a nine-day exercise with the moniker “Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training” (CARAT) in Surabaya, East Java.

The exercise, involving more than 2,000 sailors from both navies, was opened by Rear Adm. Agung Pramono, commander of the Indonesian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, and Rear Adm. Tom Carney, commander of the US Navy’s Logistics Group, Western Pacific.

The Indonesian Navy has deployed 1,200 sailors, three warships, a Casa aircraft, two helicopters for the exercise, while the US has sent three warships and 830 sailors.

“This joint exercise is important to strengthen the naval capability of both countries,” Carney said as quoted by Antara news agency.

“It is also designed to improve ties between the Indonesian Navy and America’s,” he added.

Agung said the Indonesian Navy continued to b...