US Marines, Korps Marinir train in Indonesia
By Cpl. John C. Lamb
| 3d Battalion 3d Marines | June 06, 2013
ANTRALINA TRAINING AREA, Indonesia --
More than 300 Marines and sailors with Landing Force Company concluded training with Indonesia’s Korps Marinir at the Antralina Training Area, Indonesia, during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013.
CARAT 13 is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia with the landing force serving as a Marine-operated, subcomponent of the larger exercise. The bilateral training in Antralina was conducted May 22-27 and included jungle patrolling, jungle survival training, combat lifesaver training and multiple live-fire exercises.
The Landing Force Company is comprised of Marines and sailors with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, with an attachment from 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, currently assigned to Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. The Indonesia forces are with Company A, 6th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade, Korps Marinir.
“The units benefited from the training,” said U.S. Marine Maj. John T. Ryan, the landing force commanding officer. “Everyone worked hard to prepare for this, and that was evident in the successful execution of the training. I am proud of the Marines and sailors from both nations who participated in this exercise.”
The training allowed both militaries to share their knowledge of different tactics and survival techniques, according to Korps Marinir 1st Lt. Yunda Andi, a platoon commander with Company A, 6th Bn.
“This training is always beneficial for everyone, as we train with some different methods,” said Andi. “This allows us to compare methods, learn from each other, and improve ourselves.”
In addition to the new training experiences, Marines and sailors had the opportunity to experience a different side of Indonesia by interacting with the citizens around the Antralina Training Area, according to U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Brenton Mastro, a platoon commander with Company I.
“Our interaction with local residents was just as important as our training with the Korps Marinir,” said Mastro. “It allowed Marines to display their professionalism to the civilian community, as well as get a chance to experience a new culture.”
Landing Force CARAT 13 will participate in a series of bilateral engagements over the next month consisting of amphibious operations, bilateral small-unit training, and command and control exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of Indonesia, the Kingdom of Thailand, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Singapore and the Republic of the Philippines to enhance interoperability with partner militaries, improve security in the region, and build lasting relationships with the host nations.