Multinational UNITAS Naval Exercise Underway
By Dialogo September 11, 2013
Naval forces from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States kicked off UNITAS 2013, an annual multinational exercise, this weekend in Cartagena, Colombia.
The exercise is hosted by the Colombian Navy and includes 19 warships that are conducting operations in the Western Caribbean Sea through September 15. Observers from Belize, El Salvador, Germany, Jamaica, Panama and Mexico are also taking part in the exercise.
UNITAS is intended to train participating forces in a variety of maritime scenarios to test command and control of forces at sea while operating as a multinational force.
The exercise develops and sustains relationships that improve the capabilities of U.S. and partner nation maritime forces through complex and comprehensive multinational training at sea.
The training focuses on developing coalition building, multilateral security cooperation, promoting tactical interoperability and friendship, professionalism and mutual understanding among participating nations.