Joint Exercises Boost Ties Between Brazilian Armed Forces and U.S. Navy

Joint Exercises Boost Ties Between Brazilian Armed Forces and U.S. Navy

By Dialogo
December 17, 2015

I participated in several UNITAS operations when I was on active duty. Preparing our Armed Forces for a possible red Bolivarian-communist "invasion" is, more than anything, a show of force and of our repudiation of international communism. Congratulations to our Armed Forces. "Brazil waits for each person to fulfill their duty." (Alte. Barroso, Hero of Our Navy) Very good. Brazil ought to be developing a well-trained army to combat trafficking in the country, strengthening Brazil's borders, and operating with full force in the hills of Rio de Janeiro. Congratulations to all those involved in this brilliant undertaking. Congratulations. Very good Who knows…maybe, with these joint exercises, our valiant Armed Forces will keep themselves out of and against the harmfulness of corruption. I believe it's really important to test our pilots' level of training. This would also constitute an excellent opportunity for the American troops to implant buoy markers, sensors, and radars throughout the continent for their own security and to geo-reference their espionage satellites. Very just, provided we can have access to the information. I find topics about national security and technology very interesting. We need to be good with good people.

In November, the U.S. Navy’s CVN-73-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington visited Brazil for the 56th edition of the multi-national Naval exercise UNITAS. As the flagship for Carrier Strike Group NINE, the George Washington was joined by the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Chafee (DDG-90) and USS Mcfaul (DDG-74), in addition to the Henry J. Kaiser-class supply ship USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198).

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Lisa Franchetti commanded the strike group and was responsible for leading the Southern Seas 2015 deployment to Latin American and the Caribbean, beginning its trajectory southbound from the Naval Base in San Diego, California. Upon its return, the aircraft carrier headed to Norfolk, Virginia, where it refueled and is undergoing maintenance.

Before circumventing the American continent and entering the 4th Fleet’s area of responsibility, the CSG-9 combat squadron within the George Washington conducted important bilateral exercises with the Peruvian and Chilean Air and Naval Forces as it moved up the South Atlantic to reach the Brazilian coast and the 5th Naval District’s area of responsibility for UNITAS.

The strictly Military multinational Naval exercise facilitated training in interoperability in conventional combat operations and maritime interdiction operations, and closed with the execution of the “Exercise Scenario Phase,” in which a simulated conflict between two opposing forces took place. The end result has contributed to maintaining the Brazilian Fleet’s level of training of Naval and air assets under the command of Rear Admiral Newton Calvoso Pinto Homem, Commander of the 2nd Fleet Division. It also served to increase cooperation and to strengthen friendship ties between the Navies of Brazil and other participating nations represented by the frigates Almirante Riveros
of the Chilean Navy, and Quiñones
of the Peruvian Navy, the Mexican ocean patrol vessel Baja
and the United Kingdom’s logistic support vessel Gold Rover, in addition to the U.S. Navy’s assets, which on this occasion included the participation of a modern Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.

The highlight of the U.S. Navy’s participation was the execution of an unprecedented parallel air combat exercise with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, for its Portuguese acronym), USABRA, during which there were trainings on interception and strike missions and air combats were conducted over the coast of the southern region of the Beyond Visual Range (BVR) and Within Visual Range (WVR) regimes between F-18 and F-5M fighter aircraft operating from Canoas Air Base and vectored by E-99 radar aircraft. A-1 fighter-bombers from Santa Maria and Santa Cruz trained on strike missions and were escorted by F-5M and F-18 fighter aircraft against surface targets vectored by P-95 Bandeirulha and P-3AM aircraft.

They also conducted ground strike missions with the presence of air threats, which represented an opportunity to exchange knowledge, experiences, and operational doctrines with the possibility of simulating missions with a modern combat vector and learning, in practice, with veteran pilots of war. The high degree of complexity and realism of the missions impressed Brazilian and U.S. pilots alike, and represented the largest training ever conducted between the FAB and the U.S. Navy in more than two decades. The joint exercise also served to reinforce the already-established traditional ties of trust and friendship that bond the Armed Forces of both countries.