USS Germantown Sails to Indonesia for Exercise CARAT

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), with embarked elements of U.S. Marine Corps, arrived Aug. 4 to participate in the annual Cooperation Afloat and Readiness Training (CARAT) exercise with the Indonesian Navy.

Germantown will partake in a variety of dynamic exercises with Indonesia and other Southeast Asia partner nations over the next few months.

In preparation for this year’s evolutions, Germantown has embarked various specialized teams and their equipment to support key roles in this year’s events.

Other U.S. Navy assets participating in this year’s CARAT Indonesia include the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), a Los-Angeles class fast attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699), a P-3C Orion aircraft, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, and staff from Commander, Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7.

Each CARAT exercise features several days of shore-based exchanges, professional symposia and tactical scenarios culminating in combined training at sea. Phases vary based on exercise locations, mutual training goals and participating assets.

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