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U.S. warships arrive at Cambodian sea port for jointly naval exercise

(Xinhua)

08:23, October 23, 2012

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- A USS Vandegrift frigate and two U.S. diving and salvage ships arrived at Cambodia's Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on Monday morning for a five-day naval exercise with the Cambodian Navy, said U.S. Public Affairs Officer Lt. Commander Clayton Doss.

The USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) is commanded by Commander Joseph R. Darlak, Doss said in an e-mail to Xinhua on Monday.

Approximately 500 U.S. Navy and 300 Royal Cambodian Navy personnel are participating in the third Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise 2012, he said.

Other U.S. participants include Marines from Fleet Anti- Terrorism Security Team Pacific, a medical training team from Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training, SH-60 Seahawk aircraft and the U.S. 7th Fleet band, he added.

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