Since I do not have idea what is CARAT 2012 all about. I research it to know what is the purpose of it here in our country.
Cooperation Afloat Readiness & Training (CARAT) is "an annual, bilateral naval exercises series between the United States and Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor Leste." The exercise is called COOPERATION AFLOAT READINESS that started last July 2, 2012. The joint exercise is participated with the U.S. and the Philippine Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.
|120703-N-HM950-035 GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines (July 3, 2012) U.S. Marines, assigned to Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific, and Philippine Marines advance to the beach during an amphibious beach assault exercise for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2012. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Timor Leste joins the exercise for the first time in 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Aaron Glover/Released) --- >from CARAT FACEBOOK PAGE|
"It aimed at strengthening Military Operations and designed to enhance Maritime Security skills and Operational Cohesiveness among participating forces. It is also aid the country in its Counter-terrorism efforts."
The joint exercise is first in Mindanao, held at General Santos City and Sarangani Province. The previous exercise was conducted in Peurto Princesa (2008), Cebu (2009), Subic (2010), and Palawan (2011).
It is good to know that the United States and the Philippines have a good relationship to each other. But many skeptics are not convince of this friendship. Like the militant groups who proclaimed that this joint exercise implies the American intervention in the Philippines. They said that they choose Sarangani Province because they want to put up military base in the area. That this exercise also infer an intelligence activity of the United States.
Well, we cannot easily conclude that they are telling the truth. We need to gather more facts and analyze it before we could say that it is an American propaganda. For now lets be all vigilant and hope for the best.
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