The U.S. Navy’s Fourth Fleet, home-ported in Jacksonville, Fla., is participating in a joint naval exercise that began yesterday, Sept., 8, off the coast of Colombia.
Nineteen warships from nine countries will conduct water operations and joint military exercises until mid-month.
Names of the U.S. ships participating in the exercise were not released, although the Navy released this photo of the U.S.S. Rentz, docked in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sept. 7.
In addition to the United States, Peru, Honduras, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia and the Dominican Republic will send ships and teams for the joint-operation.
Military observers from another six countries, including Mexico, will be on hand.
The joint exercise, known at UNITAS, is designed to train forces to test “command and control” of participating forces at sea and to provide the “maximum opportunity to improve interoperability.”
Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, commander of the U.S. 4th Fleet:
“The training focuses on developing coalition building, multilateral security cooperation, promoting tactical interoperability and friendship, professionalism and mutual understanding among the participating partner nations.
"Specifically, there will be high-end warfare scenarios addressing electronic warfare, anti-air warfare and air defense, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and maritime interdiction operations.”
The next UNITAS joint-exercise is scheduled for the spring of 2014.
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