Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau Makes Philippine Port Call

PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES – The Alameda, Calif., based Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau pulled into Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines, Sunday for the first of many stops during the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) deployment.

The focus of CARAT is to foster collaboration between the South East Asian nation maritime services. This year, CARAT will be hosted in the countries of Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Each of the host nations will be trained by U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy personnel.

The Coast Guard’s background in international maritime law enforcement and homeland security will be used during each training session. Training teams aboard the 378-foot cutter have been preparing to teach the Philippine naval forces by conducting intense law enforcement, search and rescue and shipboard damage control training while en route to Palawan.

During the next four months, Morgenthau crewmembers and U.S. Navy personnel will conduct the same training and relations with Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand and Malaysia. In addition to professional exchanges and training, the crew of the Morgenthau will get an opportunity to interact socially with the host nation in an array of community service projects.

At the completion of the four-month CARAT operation, the Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEA-CAT) will begin to train to combat the global maritime terrorist threat by introducing a multi-lateral exercise to the region. While technically a separate exercise, SEA-CAT involves the same six countries and employs the same U.S. assets as CARAT. The SEA-CAT exercise 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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