Panama hosts multinational naval exercise UNITAS 2016

The Panamanian Navy is host to this year’s iteration of exercise UNITAS which is attended by the United ...

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Unitas 2015 Concludes

George Washington

Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Carrier Strike Group NINE (CSG 9) and ...

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Chilean Officers Board George Washington during UNITAS

Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, and embarked Carrier ...

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Navies Meet for the UNITAS Planning Conference

Navy representatives from seven countries gathered in Rio De Janeiro for the UNITAS Atlantic Initial Planning ...

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UNITAS 2014 Comes to a Close

Naval forces from 14 partner nations concluded UNITAS 2014, the 55th annual multinational maritime exercise, Sept. ...

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Peruvian Navy Organizes UNITAS Professional Symposium

Junior officers from the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Chile, and Peru attended a professional symposium hosted ...

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UNITAS 2014 Exercise Commences

Naval forces from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and the United States kicked off UNITAS 2014, an annual ...

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UNITAS Naval Exercise Wraps Up in Colombia

Naval forces from 15 partner nations concluded UNITAS 2013, the 54th annual multinational maritime exercise, Sept. 15 in Cartagena, Colombia. Hosted this year by the Colombian navy, UNITAS included naval forces from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States, with observers from Belize, El Salvador, Germany, Jamaica, Panama and Mexico. UNITAS, the longest-running exercise of its type in the world, has evolved and now includes training for many of the threats encountered in the 21st-century maritime environment, along with essential seamanship and navigational skills that are core competencies for maritime services in the Americas. During 10 days at sea, 19 ships conducted a full spectrum of maritime operations, including electronic warfare, anti-air warfare and air defense, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and maritime interdiction operations. U.S. 4th Fleet was represented by USS Rentz (FFG 46) and other naval units, including Patrol Squadron 10 (VP-10) and Destroyer Squadron 40. "This was a robust schedule of events, packed with a myriad of warfare areas that stressed the multi-national forces and their ability to interoperate and work together towards common goals," said Cmdr. Lance Lantier, the commanding officer of the Rentz. "Rentz could not have been prouder to represent the United States as the sole U.S. Navy ship to participate in UNITAS, and we could not be prouder to have successfully completed all events with enthusiasm and devastating firepower," he said. "Any ship invited to participate in this robust exercise in the future should be excited at the opportunity." The immediate purpose of the exercise was to train participating forces in a variety of high-end maritime scenarios to test command and control of forces at sea, while operating as a multinational force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. "The training objectives of each one of the participating navies were incorporated during several planning conferences conducted before the exercise, allowing this year's UNITAS to provide effective training to increase interoperability while supporting the training requirements of all participating nations," said Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet. At the same time, the intense training resulted in coalition building, multilateral security cooperation and promoting friendship, professionalism and mutual understanding among the participating partner nations. "UNITAS is undoubtedly a top-shelf training opportunity, but it much more than that," Harris said. "UNITAS builds lasting friendships, bonds and confidence among the participants, so when we are called to respond to a region or global crisis, we can do so as a coordinated and experienced team." The next UNITAS exercise is scheduled for summer 2014. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet employ maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility.

Naval forces from 15 partner nations concluded UNITAS 2013, the 54th annual multinational maritime exercise, Sept. ...

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HMS Lancaster Calls at Cartagena, Colombia ahead of UNITAS

A Royal Navy warship has visited Colombia for defence engagement and in preparation for a major regional maritime ...

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Canadian Ships Take Up Leading Role in Exercise Unitas

  Canadian ships HMCS Iroquois, Preserver and Ville de Québec are participating in Exercise Unitas in the ...

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USS Rentz to Conduct Counter Drug Operations and UNITAS

Sailors and an embarked U.S. Coast Guard Legal Detachment aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rentz ...

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HMS Dauntless Lights Up the Caribbean Night amid UNITAS ...

HMS Dauntless Lights Up the Caribbean Night amid UNITAS Exercise

HMS Dauntless lit up the Caribbean night as she took part in an impressive gunnery shoot in the dark with numerous ...

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USS Anzio Conducts Standard Missile Launch During ...

The Ticonderoga- class guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) conducted a standard missile (SN-2) launch and a ...

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USS Underwood Concludes UNITAS PAC

USS Underwood Concludes UNITAS PAC

The closing ceremony for the multi-national exercise designed to improve interoperability between the U.S. and ...

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USS Underwood Completes UNITAS

  The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) completed the Exercise Scenario ...

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Peru: UNITAS PAC Participants Prepare for Advanced Phase

UNITAS PAC Participants Prepare for Advenced Phase

Commanding officers of the Chilean, Colombian, Mexican, Peruvian and U.S. Navy ships participating in UNITAS ...

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UNITAS Pacific Kicks Off in Peru

UNITAS Pacific Kicks-Off in Peru

Naval representatives from Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and the United States gathered in the Ricardo ...

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Guided-Missile Frigates Depart Chile to Begin UNITAS PAC

  Guided-missile frigates USS Boone (FFG 28) and USS Thach (FFG 43) departed Valparaiso, Chile, along with ...

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