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UNITAS 2019

UNITAS is a longstanding, multinational maritime exercise conducted annually in Latin America and the Caribbean to enhance security cooperation and improve coalition operations. Chile will host maritime forces from 12 countries to participate in exercise UNITAS LX (60) Pacific from June 24 – July 3.  UNITAS Atlantic and UNITAS Amphib 2019 will both be hosted by Brazil and are scheduled to take place in August.

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UNITAS LX (60) Pacific

UNITAS will focus on strengthening our existing regional partnerships and encouraging the establishment of new relationships through the exchange of maritime mission-focused knowledge and expertise during the exercise. The exercise develops and tests participating navies’ capabilities to respond to a wide variety of maritime missions as a unified force. 

This year's exercise will include 10 warships that will conduct maritime maneuvering operations in the Pacific Ocean through July 2.

Participating Countries

Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Turkey, United States, and the United Kingdom.

Participating U.S. Forces

  • USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112)
  • Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2
  • Patrol Squadron (VP) 4
  • Destroyer Squadron 40
  • U.S. 4th Fleet.

UNITAS Atlantic and UNITAS Amphib 2019

In addition to the Pacific phase of UNITAS LX, there will be Atlantic and Amphibious phases hosted by Brazil in August. Details on both phases will be released later.

Background

UNITAS, Latin for ‘unity,’ is the world’s longest-running multinational maritime exercise. Conceived in 1959 and first executed in 1960, UNITAS is a demonstration of U.S. commitment to the region and the strong relationships forged between our partner nations and their militaries.

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