Multinational FA PANAMAX 2007 Begins

Friday, August 31, 2007

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Barrie Barber, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Public Affairs PANAMA CITY, Panama (NNS) -- Nineteen nations have combined military and civil forces in Fuerzas Alidas PANAMAX 2007, a U.S. Southern Command joint and multinational exercise Aug. 29-Sept. 7, to ensure the continued security of the Panama Canal.

The U.S. Navy and participating nations have deployed 30 vessels, a dozen aircraft and more than 7,000 personnel in cooperation with Panama, which maintains the historic canal as a neutral waterway that is crucial to global maritime commerce and peace and prosperity in the region. “This year’s PANAMAX is a truly amazing exercise,” said Brig. Gen. Manuel Ortiz, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army South who spoke at an opening ceremony Aug. 29. “This is the largest exercise in the hemisphere." Vice Adm. Marty Chanik, Commander, 2nd Fleet, will lead the Multinational Force-South forces, which promotes partnerships throughout the Americas, during PANAMAX. Panamanian officials said the security of the canal remains more important than ever as the growth of world trade coincides with an expansion of the waterway in the years ahead. Thousands of ships haul more than 200 million tons of cargo through the canal every year. “This convergence of interests demands special security services,” said Olga Golcher, Panamanian minister of government and justice. “Panama, with the same seriousness it has shown the last 100 years, will face these challenges.”

PANAMAX sea, air and land forces will promote interoperability to counter threats to the waterway through maritime interdiction operations, mine countermeasures and visit, board, search and seizure procedures. Simultaneously, land-based training at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, among other missions. “The time for planning is done,” said Ortiz, as he spoke amongst the flags of the nations in PANAMAX. “Now we execute.” The U.S. Navy has sent USS Wasp (LHD 1) to lead the naval armada, along with USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), USS Mitscher (DDG 57), and USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). The USCGC Thetis (WMEC 910) will join the maritime force along with ships from the navies of participating nations. The participating nations are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, the United States and Uruguay. Three other nations will act as observers: El Salvador, Mexico and Paraguay.

Maritime Reporter October 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Contracts

Brent Holds Above $97, Eyes Worst Quarter Since 2012

Brent crude futures hovered above $97 a barrel on Tuesday, aided by firm U.S. and Chinese data, but the oil benchmark was on track for its deepest quarterly drop

MAN Propulsion Packages for New Icelandic Trawlers

MAN Diesel and Turbo inform that Icelandic owners, HB Grandi, Vinnslustodin hf. and Hradfrystihusid Gunnvör, have ordered newbuildings based on two different ship

IRPT, Community College MoA on Maritime Training

The Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) Trade Association announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Lewis & Clark Community

Navy

Ingalls Shipbuilding Begins Fabrication for Aegis Destroyer

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division today marked the start of fabrication for the future Aegis-guided missile destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117).

HII Appoints Brenton as Corporate Director

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that Capt. Kevin Brenton (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has joined the company as corporate director of customer affairs for submarine programs.

EDGE Facility to Develop, Deliver Security Capabilities

Center in Nova Scotia will focus on rapidly delivering new technologies and capabilities to the Royal Canadian Navy as they transition to future fleet.    General

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2127 sec (5 req/sec)