17th Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training

U.S. sends warships to Philippines for exercise amidst tensions in Spratly Islands

The United States Navy is sending the USS Howard (DDG-83), and the survey ship, USNS Safeguard (T-ARS-50) to the Philippines. Howard and Safeguard joins the USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), which in early June was dispatched to the region on independent deployment.

The USS Chung-Hoon, USS Howard and USNS Safeguard together with nearly a thousand U.S. personnel will be participating in the 17th Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) military exercise together with the Philippine navy. The three ships will form the centerpieces of the naval exercise. The naval exercise will be both at sea and onshore.

The ships arrived in the Philippines on 28 June 2011 at Puerto Princesa in Palawan for the 11-day naval exercise.

Photo credit: (U.S. Navy photo by Navy Diver 3rd Class Ralph Riess/Released)