Philippines, US hold naval exercises

Troops from the Philippines and the US Thursday commenced their annual joint naval exercises.

IANS| Last Updated: Jun 26, 2014, 11:52 AM IST

Manila: Troops from the Philippines and the US Thursday commenced their annual joint naval exercises.

The 20th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2014 is part of a broader bilateral exercise series conducted by the US Navy in collaboration with nine naval forces from the Southeast Asia, Xinhua reported.

The US embassy in Manila said in a statement that the CARAT exercises are aimed at addressing maritime security, strengthen maritime partnerships and enhance interoperability among participating navies.

This year`s CARAT Philippines will focus on combined operations at sea, amphibious landings, diving and salvage, and maritime patrol and reconnaissance flights.