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Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Group Exercise
SULU SEA (Aug. 15, 2018) – Marine Corps Sgt. Timothy Phillips, assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3/1, speaks to a Royal Malaysian marine in the classroom aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2018. CARAT Malaysia, in its 24th iteration, is designed to enhance information sharing and coordination, build mutual warfighting capability and support long-term regional cooperation enabling both partner armed forces to operate effectively together as a unified maritime force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Molly DiServio).