Jakarta. The Indonesian Navy and its United States counterpart completed a joint exercise and skills exchange with Indonesia on Wednesday (13/09) as part of a bilateral effort to deepen maritime security cooperation between the two countries.
The joint training, held as part of the 23rd Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (Carat) exercise series, took place in Surabaya and in the waters and airspace around Java and Bali.
"The United States [...] want to help Indonesia enhance its ability to preserve stability and protect its resources. Carat deepens our maritime partnership and has served as a building block of trust, familiarity and friendship," Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander of the US Navy’s Task Force 73, said as quoted in a statement released by the US Embassy in Jakarta.
US sailors and marines participated with the Indonesian Navy in a series of training exercises, including anti-piracy drills, a gunnery exercise and maritime patrol operations.
Commodore of the US Destroyer Squadron 7, Capt. Lex Walker, said the Indonesian Navy is a "valuable partner" to "ensure a secure maritime domain."
Walker added that Carat Indonesia provided both navies an opportunity to work together in enhancing their mutual capabilities.
Carat Indonesia is part of a broader bilateral exercise series that the US Navy conducts with its partner navies in South and Southeast Asia.
Indonesia has been part of the Carat exercise series since it began in 1995.
The US embassy in Jakarta said the program "remains a model for cooperation that has evolved in complexity," enabling both navies to refine their on-field operations and tactics as they respond to traditional and non-traditional challenges in maritime security.