The Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise – 2017 conducted in collaboration with US and SL Navy Marines concluded in Trincomalee yesterday (6th Oct.).
CARAT was held for the twenty-third year and Sri Lanka turned out to be the latest CARAT partner nation, demonstrating a shared commitment to maritime security in the Indian Ocean.
The five-day premier naval engagement, which commenced on 2nd of this month, focused on enhancing maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces. It also consisted of small boat operations, evidence collection, diving procedures, anti-terrorism security operations and strengthening relationships between military participants through community development projects, sports, and social events.
CARAT series began in 1995 and it has continuously increased into a complex series of training exercises in ashore, at sea and in the air.