Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau Completes First Phase of CARAT

PALAWAN, Philippines – The law enforcement team aboard the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau completed the first phase of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) with the Philippine naval forces June 3.

Morgenthau crewmembers gave extensive, hands-on training for seven days here. They conducted training on land and aboard the ship with the U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard. The training involved law enforcement tactics, search and rescue missions, and damage control.

During the at-sea training phase the Morgenthau, U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard intermittently swapped crewmembers aboard the vessels to help strengthen the professional relationships built during the inport training phase. Training evolutions remained constant throughout the day and well into the night.

“Sending law enforcement teams aboard different vessels to simulate an actual boarding gave everyone the chance to interact, teach and learn new tactics,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Foucha, a boatswain’s mate aboard the Morgenthau. “There is always something new you learn when practicing with so many different branches, especially those overseas,” he said.

The Morgenthau will continue to conduct training in cooperation with U.S. Navy crewmembers and the host nation in the second phase of the CARAT deployment. The U.S. Coast Guard’s background in international maritime law enforcement and homeland security will be employed during each of the training sessions. Morgenthau crewmembers will continue to give each host nation training in shipboard damage control, maritime law enforcement and search and rescue.

During the next three months, Morgenthau crewmembers and U.S. Navy sailors will conduct the same training and relations with Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand and Malaysia.

In an attempt to combat the global maritime terrorist threat, the 378-foot cutter is scheduled to participate in the Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEA-CAT), a multi-lateral exercise that will involve the same six countries as CARAT. SEA-CAT will be conducted at the end of CARAT and will use the same U.S. assets as CARAT. SEA-CAT focuses on refining maritime security skills, which includes training related to boarding team tactics/techniques, small boat skills, boarding-at-sea and joint boarding capabilities.

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