PANAMAX 2013 Kicks off in Miami

PANAMAX 2013 Kicks off in Miami

By Dialogo
August 14, 2013

Approximately 160 military personnel, including Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, and personnel from 19 nations arrived at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters Aug. 12 to begin exercise PANAMAX 2013.

U.S. and partner nations train in the execution of stability operations under the support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions; provide interoperability training for the participating multinational staffs; and build participating nation capability to plan and execute complex multinational operations.

This year’s annual PANAMAX exercise develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of the nation’s emerging and enduring partners’ security forces to achieve common desired goals, while fostering friendly cooperation and understanding among participating forces.

During the exercise, Harris will act as the commander of Multinational Forces South.

“The governments of the countries participating in PANAMAX share common interests and this exercise enhances those links by fostering friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating militaries,” Harris said. “This multinational exercise also contributes to interoperability, and builds the capabilities of the participating nations to plan and execute complex multinational operations.”

PANAMAX 2013 is a U.S.-sponsored, multinational annual exercise that, this year, includes participants from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States.

The exercise will conclude on August 16.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

We watched with admiration another exercise performed by the Americas’ Military at PANAMAX – 2013, under USA’s South Command inspiration and coordination. This event, as always, has a positive effect, strengthening the Americas’ forces cooperation on land, sea and air, which aims to guarantee inter-American defense integration and security for the development of these countries. It contributes, as a moral factor, for social peace at the region. This event comes in good time to stimulate international relations research and studies, especially when it focus the importance of sharing maritime power among the countries. Receive my compliments, the event’s success is guaranteed by all participants’ high interest level.
Ney de Araripe Sucupira – Public Relations Director - Associação dos Diplomados da (Graduates Association) Escola Superior de Guerra - ESG - São Paulo, Brazil