Perú and the U.S. conducted maneuvers onboard the USS America to aid civilians
By Dialogo September 08, 2014
Peruvian and U.S. Marines conducted joint maneuvers along the coast of Perú in training for natural disasters, humanitarian aid, and peacekeeping. The maneuvers were conducted onboard the new U.S. Navy vessel USS America, within sight of the Andean nation.
“We are trying to achieve interoperability in matters of communications and procedures to follow with our friends from the U.S. Navy,” said Peru's Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Carlos Tejada.
The USS America’s actions during these exercises also included two Peruvian frigates that began the exercise when the U.S. ship and its crew of 1,400 departed for its final destination, San Diego Naval Base in California, on Sept. 3.
The ship departed Pascagoula, Mississippi, on July 11 and has traveled through Brazilian, Chilean and Colombian waters.
“Five hundred Marines from Perú participated in these exercises,” Tejada said.
“Our presence is a sign, and clearly shows the level of cooperation that exists between our two governments,” said U.S. Ambassador to Perú Brian A. Nichols, on Aug. 31 during a press conference held aboard the USS America.
Other participants in the press conference and subsequent tour of the ship, which was anchored at the Port Terminal of Callao, included the Commander of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) General John F. Kelly, Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano and Peruvian Minister of Foreign Relations Gonzalo Gutiérrez.
Gen. Kelly underscored the level of cooperation between the two countries and said that when the United States thinks of its closest allies and friends, “Perú is always at the top of the list.”
USS America’s visit to Perú confirms the good relationship between the navies of both countries, and consolidates the countries’ cooperation in defense and security, Cateriano said.
“The United States is a top-priority partner for Perú,” Gutiérrez said.
The USS America has a landing that measures 257 meters long by 57 meters wide. It’s optimized for aviation operations and can transport aircraft such as the F-35B hunter and the latest generation of tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey planes, which take off like helicopters and fly like airplanes. It’s also capable of vertical take offs and landings, as well as stationary flight.
The USS America has a hospital with 250 beds. It also can transport LAV-25 amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) – which can cover any type of terrain – as well as brigades of explosives for training exercises.
“The ship can carry 3,000 crewmembers and 31 airplanes,” said USS America Mission Commander Rear Admiral Fernandez “Frank” L. Ponds, who was also the mission commander for humanitarian aid operations in Haiti in 2008.
“The USS America’s visits [to Latin American countries] contribute to increasing and strengthening relationships in the region,” Ponds said. “Our presence demonstrates our common interest [as countries] such as democracy, human dignity and common values.”
New ships for Perú
Admiral Tejada said that the South American country has been performing technological surveillance in its waters to decrease the impact of threats such as drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, and illegal fishing.
“We have a system that allows us to identify movements of vessels and, with our ships, we can interdict and capture those who are perpetrating illegal activities,” Admiral Tejada said.
The Peruvian Navy will soon have three more ships for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid operations in the event of a natural disaster, Admiral Tejada added.
The Peruvian company Servicios Industriales de la Marina (Sima) is building two of the three ships, which will be used to render assistance during natural disasters.
The third ship, which will arrive this year from the Netherlands, has been designed for supporting coastal populations that may be affected by tsunamis or earthquakes.
This is yet another ruse by that country USA. We already know what it's going to be for: To have a pretext to freely dig through the wealth of Peruvian oil fields, and take away for free everything they produce. We still have the sell-out politicians representing us. My question: Is the U.S. giving Peru something under the table? When the U.S. knows very well that Peru is tightly tied in military terms to Russia since 1968 thanks to our compatriot PPK (Pedro Pablo Kuczynski) who now wants to be President of Peru in 2016, what do you think of that? He's responsible for our external debt which in 1968 was 800 million dollars, growing to 12 billion dollars in 1980...hmmm? You come to your own conclusions regarding this tremendously detrimental subject ... And there is more...regarding this social parasite. But enough for now. I leave you, sincerely, always grateful to the Facebook team. AGAIN, YANKEES ON OUR LAND...THEY SHOULD GO, SINCE THEY'VE DONE ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE PLAN COLOMBIA AND IN THE MIDDLE EAST..! The naval task of the U.S. is to teach, train in technological and military terms our Latin American armed forces exclusively. Our Peru giving it their logistic and humanitarian support.