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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 4 June 2006

Singapore and United States navies participate in annual CARAT exercise


United States and Singapore in Naval Exercise CARAT 2006
The Singapore Armed Forces, the United States Navy (USN), and the United States Coast Guard are participating in the annual Singapore-US Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise from 30 May to 13 June 2006.
Started in 1995, CARAT aims to enhance interoperability and professional cooperation between the two armed forces through mutually beneficial training exercises.
The twelfth in its series, Ex CARAT 2006 will involve land, sea and air elements from the two armed forces, totalling more than 1500 personnel, 11 ships, a submarine, and fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
Ex CARAT 2006 will focus on conventional maritime warfare competencies, such as anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and maritime air operations. This year¨s exercise will also feature both countries' warships in challenging maritime security serials.
Highlights of Ex CARAT 2006 include the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) firing of Barak missiles against drone targets in a combined anti-missile and anti-aircraft scenario, and the use of the USN's CENTRIX and the RSN's ACCESS command and control (C2) systems.
These C2 systems allow the navies to exercise real-time control over all participating units, thereby increasing exercise realism and enhancing interoperability. The exercise participants will also take part in a joint community project at the MINDSVille Home for the intellectually disabled.
The opening ceremony this morning was co-officiated by the RSN's Fleet Commander Colonel Tan Kai Hoe and the USN's Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific Rear-Admiral William R. Burke.

Source: News Release 30 May 2006

Subsequent Update:

BARAK missiles being fired from RSS Vengeance


The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has successfully conducted a missile and gun firing with the United States Navy (USN) on 8 Jun 06 in the South China Sea, under the ambit of Ex CARAT 2006.
The combined firing exercise featured the conduct of gun firing by a US Coast Guard Cutter and a RSN Missile Corvette engaging a single air drone target. This was followed by the firing of BARAK missiles in a combined anti-missile and anti-aircraft scenario, where the RSN Missile Corvette engaged two drone targets simultaneously. All targets were successfully destroyed.
2nd Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen witnessed the successful conduct of the combined missile and gun firing.
This firing exercise represented the RSN's enhanced operational readiness and demonstrated the high level of inter-operability between the two navies.

Source: News Release 8 Jun 2006

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