As a part of the twenty seventh annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Coaching (CARAT) collection, CARAT Bangladesh 2021 concluded Dec. 9, following 9 days of digital, in-person and at-sea engagements that enhanced collaboration between the Bangladesh Navy and U.S. Navy and targeted on shared maritime safety challenges of the area. U.S. belongings taking part in CARAT Bangladesh included the Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) and embarked MH-60S Seahawk helicopter of Helicopter Sea Fight (HSC) Squadron 21. U.S. personnel included employees from Commander Activity Drive (CTF) 72, CTF 75, CTF 76, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, U.S. seventh Fleet Band and U.S. Embassy Dhaka. The digital subject material knowledgeable trade occasions featured quite a lot of joint coaching alternatives, to incorporate maritime aviation, maritime area consciousness (MDA), Girls, Peace & Safety (WPS) symposium, and EOD and mine countermeasures.

The train targeted on the total spectrum of naval capabilities and featured cooperative evolutions that spotlight the power of Bangladesh and the U.S. to work collectively in direction of the frequent purpose of making certain a free and open Indo-Pacific. The at-sea part happened within the Bay of Bengal, the place U.S. Navy belongings have been joined by ships and plane from the Bangladesh Navy for partnered coaching targeted on constructing interoperability and strengthening relationships. The train featured complicated at-sea coaching to display the bilateral pressure’s capability to work collectively by quite a few occasions together with divisional ways designed to apply maneuvering as ships sail collectively in complicated formations. The intergovernmental group personnel from the United Nations Workplace on Medication and Crime (UNODC) supplied coaching by their International Maritime Crime Programme, and the Bali Course of Regional Help Workplace (BP-RSO) supplied subject material experience on combatting individuals smuggling and human trafficking by sea.


The Bangladesh Navy patrol frigate BNS Somudra Avijan (F 29) approaches the Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) for a replenishment-at-sea train throughout Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Coaching (CARAT) Bangladesh 2021. (U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)

“I’m assured that this go to of USS Tulsa, together with performing workouts with Bangladesh Navy at sea, is a milestone in enhancing the connection between our navies in larger mutual maritime cooperation. Frequent interplay by naval diplomacy of such type, offers us a possibility to trade views and nourish our relationships,” stated Capt. A. N. M. Ishtiaq Jahan Farouqee, commanding officer of Bangladesh Navy guided missile frigate BNS Bangabandhu (F 25).

“As maritime nations with a shared imaginative and prescient for a free and open Indo-Pacific, we used CARAT to contribute to regional maritime safety by enhancing our capability to work side-by-side at sea in addition to within the planning course of,” stated Capt. Tom Ogden, commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7.

The CARAT train collection, celebrating its twenty seventh anniversary, is designed to deal with shared maritime safety issues and strengthens partnerships between regional navies. With practically a half century of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Bangladesh, the 2 international locations proceed to work carefully collectively to advance a shared imaginative and prescient of a free, open, inclusive, peaceable, and safe Indo-Pacific. Because the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed destroyer squadron in Southeast Asia, DESRON 7 serves as the first tactical and operational commander of littoral fight ships rotationally deployed to Singapore, capabilities as ESG 7’s Sea Fight Commander, and builds partnerships by coaching workouts and military-to-military engagements. Beneath Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, seventh Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with 35 maritime nations in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific area.

US Navy USS Tulsa (LCS-16) Arrives at Chattogram, Bangladesh
The Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) arrives at Chattogram, Bangladesh, throughout Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Coaching (CARAT) Bangladesh 2021. In its twenty seventh yr, CARAT collection is comprised of multinational workouts, designed to reinforce U.S. and associate navies’ talents to function collectively in response to conventional and non-traditional maritime safety challenges within the Indo-Pacific area. (U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)