Ecuador Participates in Military Exercise PANAMAX 2012
By Dialogo August 13, 2012
After completing the planning and preparation process for the multinational exercise, PANAMAX 2012, the Navy of Ecuador is participating in the event, which began on August 6th and runs until the 17th of this month.
PANAMAX provides solid training so that the naval, air, and land forces, as well as the civil organizations engaged in security, can interoperate and provide information for an opportune response, in the event of a crisis or serious threat, with the goal of providing protection and security to the region.
In the last few years, the number of countries participating in the exercise has increased, which clearly demonstrates high importance of the Panama Canal in the regional and global context. The operation’s main purpose is to prevent violent extremist organizations from threatening the safety and free transit of regional and global vessel traffic through the Canal.
Ecuador delegated seven officials to participate in PANAMAX 2012. They traveled on July 29th to Mayport, Florida under the command of Navy vessel Captain EMC Ronald Muñoz Cedeño. Another group, made up of thirteen officers and five crew members, under the command of Navy vessel Captain EMC Oswaldo Unda Serrano, traveled on August 5th to participate in the exercise.
This is a brilliant opportunity for naval personnel to increase their knowledge of commanding military forces at the strategic operational level and tactical operational level.