USS Tortuga Arrives in Indonesia for Exercise CARAT ‘13

Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet

130521-N-NX489-102By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner, PHIBRON 11 Public Affairs

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) arrived in Jakarta today, marking the beginning of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013 (CARAT ‘13), May 21.

CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships between the United States and partner nations. The exercise serves as a model of how the navies can cooperate and work together to address shared security concerns.

“The U.S. and Indonesia have a working relationship that is continuing to grow stronger with common shared goals,” said Cmdr. John Barnett, Commanding Officer, USS Tortuga. “We share democratic and seafaring traditions as well as a mutual desire to maintain stability in this region.”

The exercise will be comprised of a series of events directed to strengthening both navies’ ability to respond to…

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