Brazilian Navy Hosts the 4th Inter-American Naval Conference Specializedon Interoperability
By Dialogo September 03, 2013
Between August 26 and 30, the Naval Warfare School hosted the 4th Inter-American Naval Conference Specialized on Interoperability (SIANC-I).
Navy delegations from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, United States, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, as well as representatives of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) and the Inter-American Naval Telecommunications Network (IANTN) gathered to seek interoperability improvement and to increase the naval cooperation.
“Interoperability is the coordination in a multinational operation. It is very important that the focus is not only on conflicts, but also on humanitarian assistance. The navies can cooperate with a country in need due to a natural disaster or due to the actions of mankind,” stated the event’s secretary, Rear Admiral Flávio Soares Ferreira, Commander of the 1st Squadron Division.
The delegations exhibit ended on the second day of the event. The exhibitors discussed matters such as maritime security, humanitarian assistance and joint exchange of information regarding the maritime traffic.
Shortly after, specific work groups were formed, in order to approve the manual for Inter-American Security System and Humanitarian Assistance and studies regarding the need for an alternative system to the CENTRIXS communication system, to be used as part of Inter-American Naval Conference. “The manual has guidelines for organized procedures,” explained Rear Admiral Flávio Soares Ferreira.
The SIANC-I was created based on the decision of the 19th Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC), in 2004 in San Diego. From that point on, there were three editions, the first in 2005, Mayport, U.S., the second in 2006, Lima, Peru, and the third in 2010, Puerto Belgrano, Argentina.