MAURA, Brunei (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) arrived Nov. 9 to participate in the 20th iteration of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise with the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN).
The ship's crew will conduct training afloat and ashore with their Brunei Navy counterparts to enhance interoperability and build maritime partnerships.
Rodney M. Davis has been on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility since August in support of maritime security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. The ship has conducted operations in the Western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and South China Sea.
Rodney M. Davis has worked with foreign partners throughout the patrol. In August, the ship participated in a 50-ship parade of sail in Sail Raja Ampat, Indonesia. More recently, the ship performed Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure training with the Maldives National Defense Force and maneuvering exercises with the Indonesian Navy.
During CARAT Brunei, sailors from Rodney M. Davis will participate in training events afloat and ashore. In port Muara, the ship will meet with sailors from RBN to conduct training in medical practices, aviation maintenance, damage control techniques, and other areas. At sea, Rodney M. Davis and the RBN will conduct flight operations, boardings, and live gunnery exercises
"We joined ships from the Royal Brunei Navy during Rim of the Pacific 2014, so we look forward to strengthening our partnership during CARAT Brunei," said Cmdr. Todd Whalen, the commanding officer of Rodney M. Davis.
CARAT is part of an annual bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of nine partner nations including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.
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