BOGOTA, Colombia (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sean Buck attended maritime staff talks (MST) hosted by Colombian Chief of Naval Operations, Vice Adm. Evelio Enrique Ramirez, in Bogota from Apr. 4-5.
The MST with the senior Colombian naval officers supports the U.S. global maritime strategy by building and strengthening our working relationships and improving our interoperability with partner nations through these face-to-face meetings. These staff talks are an integral component to each country's ability to communicate and facilitate operations together.
Upon the conclusion of the MST, both nations continued building stronger working relationships and clear-cut goals for the upcoming year to enhance interoperability through numerous multinational exercises.
Colombia and the U.S. will come together again this summer to participate in both UNITAS and PANAMAX exercises. UNITAS is the longest-running annual maritime exercise in the world, is geared toward improving the coordination and multinational cooperation of the participating forces, this year's exercise will be hosted by Colombia.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) fulfills the maritime role within U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations. USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT employs maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, fortify the ability of U.S. forces to work together with partner nations, and build enduring partnerships with the ultimate goal of enhancing regional security and promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central, and South American regions.
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