Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Course Held in Miami

The Naval War College conducted a Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Officer Course at U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami, Florida, May 4-8.

This year marks the second offering of the CFMCC Course for the U.S. Southern Command area of operation. The course is comprised of admirals and senior captains from Brazil, Canada, Chile Colombia, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Netherlands, Uruguay and the United States. These senior naval leaders met in Miami to discuss topics such as command and control, multinational operations, information-sharing and maritime security.

Among the speakers were the commanders of U.S. Southern Command the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations and the Colombian Chief of Naval Operations.

Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, said:

The CFMCC Course provides a wonderful opportunity for partner navies to network leading to a better understanding of each other’s security challenges and concerns.

Twenty-one executive-level attendees received a series of presentations and participated in advanced discussions with senior leaders and subject matter experts to develop perspectives for the effective employment of maritime forces in a joint, coalition and/or interagency environment.

The CFMCC Course gives these officers the chance to foster a network of international military leaders who can work together in support of theater and regional cooperation agreements.

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