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PANAMAX 2018 

PANAMAX 2018 is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal.  Personnel from 20 nations, including the United States, will participate in simulated training scenarios from various U.S. locations.

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Military leaders converse while looking at a computer screen.
MAYPORT, Fla. (August 2, 2018) - Cmdr. Carlos Figueroa and Argentina's Lt. Cmdr. Mauricio Dunel discuss the battle rhythm during PANAMAX 2018. The exercise is focused on the security of the Panama Canal and stability within the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication... ...More
Public affairs team members from Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica discuss strategy
MAYPORT, Fla. (July 31, 2018) - Public affairs team members from Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica discuss strategy in preparation for PANAMAX 2018. The exercise is focused on the security of the Panama Canal and stability within the U.S. Southern Command area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication... ...More
Logistics team members discuss strategy in preparation for PANAMAX 2018.
MAYPORT, Fla. (July 31, 2018) - Logistics team members discuss strategy in preparation for PANAMAX 2018. The exercise is focused on the security of the Panama Canal and stability within the U.S. Southern Command area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacob Sippel/Released)
Multinational military members talk.
MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 01, 2018) - Electronics Technician 2nd Class Alvin Cintron and Brazilian Capt. Leandro Demitrio, the Maritime Operations Center Director, work together in preparation for PANAMAX 2018. The exercise is focused on the security of the Panama Canal and stability within the U.S. Southern Command area of... ...More
Rear Adm. Sean Buck delivers opening remarks.
MAYPORT, Fla. (July 31, 2018) - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sean Buck delivers opening remarks to U.S. and partner nation personnel who comprise the Combined Force Maritime Component Command (CFMCC) portion of exercise PANAMAX 2018. The exercise is focused on the security of... ...More
Rear Adm. Sean Buck delivers opening remarks.
MAYPORT, Fla. (July 31, 2018) - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sean Buck delivers opening remarks to U.S. and partner nation personnel who comprise the Combined Force Maritime Component Command (CFMCC) portion of exercise PANAMAX 2018. The exercise is focused on the security of... ...More
Military leaders gather in a large room.
Senior leaders, service-members, civilians and Soldiers from U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Army South, Joint U.S. Services and Partner Nation Militaries including Brazil, Colombia, and Chile among others, gathered at JBSA-Ft. Sam Houston, July 27, for a Rehearsal of Concept drill in preparation for PANAMAX 2018. PANAMAX... ...More
Military leaders converse while looking at a computer screen.
Public affairs team members from Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica discuss strategy
Logistics team members discuss strategy in preparation for PANAMAX 2018.
Multinational military members talk.
Rear Adm. Sean Buck delivers opening remarks.
Rear Adm. Sean Buck delivers opening remarks.
Military leaders gather in a large room.

LATEST IMAGERY FROM PANAMAX 2018

Overview

PANAMAX 2018 is a U.S.-sponsored, multinational annual exercise that provides important training opportunities for nations to work together and build upon the capability to plan and conduct complex multinational operations. The exercise scenario involves security and stability operations to ensure free flow of commerce through the Panama Canal. This year’s exercise will take place July 30 through August 10.

Simulated training for PANAMAX 2018 will be held at locations throughout the United States, including Joint Staff J7 South Complex, Suffolk, Va.; U.S. Southern Command, Doral, Fla.; Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Homestead, Fla.; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz.; and Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

The goal of Panamax is to provide participating forces an opportunity to conduct security and stability operations, practice interoperability, and strengthen their ability to plan and execute complex multinational operations.

Panamax develops and sustains relationships that allow partner-nation security forces in the region to achieve common goals, increase cooperation, and improve understanding.

Importance of Exercise

The Panama Canal is critical to the free flow of trade in the region and the entire world. The region's economy and political stability largely depend on the safe transport of several hundred million tons of cargo through the canal each year, and PANAMAX 2018 is designed to ensure plans are in place to respond to requests from the Government of Panama. PANAMAX has evolved over many years and now includes training for the constantly evolving nature of new threats in today’s security environment.

Participating Nations

Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This year, representatives from Poland, Spain, and Thailand will also join the exercise as observers.

Multinational Leadership Roles

Partner nations continue taking an increased leadership role in PANAMAX. This year, Peru will serve as deputy of the exercise’s multinational force, Colombia will lead the ground component, Brazil will lead the maritime and air components, and Argentina will lead the Special Operations Forces component. This is the third year that partner nations are leading functional components in this exercise.

U.S. Military Participants

Participating in this year’s PANAMAX from the United States are staff elements from SOUTHCOM, U.S. Army South, U.S. Marine Forces South, Special Operations Command South, and Naval Forces South/U.S. 4th Fleet.

Overall, about 2,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel participating as well as around 450 partner nation participants.

History

PANAMAX began in 2003 with three countries: Panama, Chile and the United States. Multinational exercise participation has greatly expanded every year since. 


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