SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) – The Military Sealift Command underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) arrived in Singapore August 8th after successfully supporting the sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2014.
While underway, Rappahannock supported ships from the U.S. Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy as a role player during a variety of exercises.
During the Surface Action Group Exercise (SAGEX) and Screen Exercise (SCREENEX) portions of the CARAT sea phase, Rappahannock served as a simulated high-value asset amidst the ship formation, providing valuable, real-world training opportunities for the crews of the ships involved.
“Getting underway on the Rappahannock for CARAT Singapore 2014 was a unique training opportunity for me, personally, since I’ve only ever served on combatant vessels,” said Chief Gunner’s Mate Juan Gallegos, staff member for Destroyer Squadron SEVEN (DESRON 7), assigned to Rappahannock as embarked Destroyer Squadron 7 Ordnance Officer. “I am a stronger surface warfare specialist after working with the civilian bridge team and civilian mariners on board Rappahannock and observing how they operated with other USN and RSN ships during the exercise.”
In its 20th year, CARAT is a bilateral exercise series between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The CARAT 2014 exercise series commenced in May and will continue through November.