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UNITAS / Partnership of the Americas 2012

​UNITAS is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational naval exercise series to enhance security cooperation and improve coalition operations.  The exercise trains participating forces in a variety of maritime scenarios and enhances friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies.  UNITAS exercises are conducted annually in Atlantic and Pacific waters around South America.  UNITAS Atlantic also includes the Marine Corps exercise, Partnership of the Americas.

 
 
CARIBBEAN SEA (Sept. 24, 2012) Multi-national ships participating in UNITAS are underway in formation.
CARIBBEAN SEA (Sept. 24, 2012) Multinational ships participating in UNITAS are underway in formation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stuart Phillips/Released)

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Overview

UNITAS, Latin for “unity,” is a combined South American and U.S.-sponsored annual exercise series.  UNITAS is focused on high-tech surface, air, amphibious and under-sea naval training exercises designed to strengthen international maritime coalition operations, interoperability and hemispheric cooperation among North, South and Central American navies. 
 
During UNITAS 2102, forces participated in a series of theater security cooperation events, including military-to-military cooperation, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, combined exchanges, exercises and operations, and maritime security.
 
The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) represented the U.S. Navy during both UNITAS Pacific and Atlantic. 
 

UNITAS Atlantic (September 2012)

Naval forces from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United Kingdom and the United States kicked off the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS 2012 Sept. 17.  Thirteen warships
are taking part in the training.
 
The multi-national naval forces will conduct operations in Key West and in the Western Caribbean through Sept. 28, 2012. UNITAS 2012 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.
 

Partnership of the Americas

Included as part of UNITAS Atlantic is the field-training exercise known as Partnership of the Americas being conducted at Camp Blanding in Starke, Fla.  The 13-day training exercise began Sept. 3 and is led by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South.
 
Partner Nation forces from the following countries are participating in UNITAS-Partnership of the Americas 2012; Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.
  
Training includes a ship-to-land movement portion of the exercise, military operations in urban terrain (MOUT), and the multiple live-fire ranges.

UNITAS Pacific (May 2012)

Peru hosted the two-week exercise which included navies from Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and the United States.  Training included maritime interdiction operations, counter-piracy events, air, surface, and anti-submarine warfare.
 

Background

UNITAS was first started in 1959 and has been held every year since. This year marks the 53rd iteration of this long running exercise. UNITAS exercises are conducted annually in Atlantic and Pacific waters around South America. UNITAS enhances friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies by developing interoperability in naval operations among the nations of the region.
 
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