The Peruvian Marine Corps hosted the second annual Multinational Amphibious Planners Conference at the new International Amphibious Training Center in Ancón, Lima province, on July 16.
Partner nation naval infantry representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States gathered at the newly established International Amphibious Training Center to share experiences, tactics, and lessons learned related to amphibious operations. The collection of regional partners briefed and discussed topics on amphibious capabilities, emerging threats, and organizational changes and challenges, all of which allowed participants to share institutional knowledge to enhance partners’ capabilities throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region.
“Discussing key topics with our partners about how each of us operate allows us all to benefit while developing our relationships and becoming more interoperable,” said Major Matthew Paull, U.S. Marine Corps Personnel Exchange Program officer with the Peruvian Marine Corps. “Being alongside like-minded naval infantries and having educated discussions is extremely important.”
The International Amphibious Training Center was established in 2019 to create a facility that serves as the model for Latin American and Caribbean partners to train and enhance their amphibious capabilities through education and practical application.
The training center aims to serve as the amphibious center of excellence ultimately allowing Peruvian naval forces to export security not only for countries in the Western Hemisphere, but with hopes of expanding their professional and institutional knowledge globally.
The primary objective of this Multinational Amphibious Planning Conference was to maintain and develop the professional relationships of amphibious forces in the hemisphere while having a meaningful dialogue on key aspects of amphibious operations, planning considerations, and most important, interoperability.
“Our vision toward the future is to have an integrated task organization with the purpose of being the most flexible, rapid, secure, and effective response of our country against any kind of threat, natural disaster, or crisis,” said Peruvian Navy Captain Eduardo Díaz, commander of the Peruvian Amphibious Brigade, and senior Peruvian representative at the conference. “Also, we look forward to being part of a multinational amphibious task force to fight against our common threats and to support the endangered communities who are suffering as a result of a disaster.”
The conference also covered topics on naval integration, amphibious force design, the current and future operating environment, and how naval infantries are designing capabilities to operate effectively. Members of the Peruvian naval infantry, as well as service members from Argentina, Brazil, and the United States who are embedded as Personnel Exchange Program officers in the Peruvian Navy, presented briefs during the conference, which inspired multinational discussion.
“Interoperability with partners while acknowledging each of our strengths and area to improve is essential to the success of our naval cooperation,” said Colonel Brian Ecarius, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South senior representative at the conference. “Peru has done an outstanding job at developing a capable amphibious force and cultivating an environment of partnerships and professional education through its International Amphibious Training Center.”
Peru’s storied naval force, which includes both its Navy and Marine Corps, will celebrate their 200th anniversary this year along with their country. In conjunction with their bicentennial, Peru is also the host of exercise UNITAS LXII 2021 that will take place in September, in which the Peruvian Navy will serve as the lead of the naval combined task force. UNITAS is the world’s longest-running, maritime exercise and brings multinational forces together to conduct planning and amphibious operations. The conference served as one of several planned touchpoints at the training center that support exercise UNITAS and multinational amphibious operations.