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15 October 2010

CARAT community outreach events

Joint US-Philippine contingent reaches out to communities around Subic Bay as part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines.

CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia designed to strengthen relationships and promote maritime security.

OPEN WIDE!: A U.S. Navy doctor, Cmdr. Dennis Taylor, examines a student at San Miguel National High School in San Antonio, Zambales Province, during a Medical Civic Action Project (MEDCAP) on October 14. Taylor, a Navy reservist assigned to Naval Hospital Unit Camp Pendleton, provided free dental care to hundreds of patients during the event as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia designed to strengthen relationships and promote maritime security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross)


SHARING AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME: Ensign Crispin L. Cristal, right, of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) tries to beat a throw to home plate during a pickup softball game at San Esteban Elementary School in San Antonio, Zambales Province. On October 14, 11 sailors from the USS Essex and sailors from the Philippine Navy donated educational and recreational materials to the school and spent the day interacting with the children playing sports and spending time in the classroom. U.S. Navy sailors from the USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Denver (LPD 9), and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) are in Subic Bay conducting Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011, an annual bilateral exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness, and develop professional relationships between the two forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey H. Kyhl)

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