Sailors from USS PIONEER (MCM 9) Play Soccer during COMREL in Pattaya, Thailand

190530-N-XK398-1105 PATTAYA, Thailand (May 30, 2019) Machinist’s Mate Fireman John Gonzalez-Mitchell, from the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9), plays a game of soccer with the Thai-Austrian Technical College’s soccer team during a community relations event as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2019. This year marks the 25th iteration of CARAT, a multinational exercise series designed to enhance U.S. and partner navies’ abilities to operate together in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Mortensen)