UNITAS Atlantic Phase Kicks Off in Key West, Florida
By Dialogo September 17, 2012
Naval forces from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States kicked off the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS, an annual multi-national exercise, in Key West, on September 17, hosted by Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, Commander of the U.S. Fourth Fleet.
Thirteen warships will conduct operations in the Western Caribbean through Sept. 28, 2012. UNITAS is designed 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 to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability.
Observers from France, Jamaica, Panama and Peru are also participating this year.
UNITAS develops and sustains relationships to improve the capacity of our partners’ maritime forces. This annual exercise fosters friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies.
“While the overarching goal of the exercise is to develop and test command and control of forces at sea, training in this exercise will address the spectrum of maritime operations,” Commander U.S. Fourth Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris said. “Specifically, there will be high end warfare scenarios addressing Electronic Warfare, Anti-Air Warfare and Air Defense, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, and Maritime Interdiction Operations,” he said.