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Press Release | July 30, 2018

U.S. Hosts 20 Nations For Major Multinational Exercise

MIAMI – Participants from 20 nations will take part in exercise Panamax 2018 at various U.S. locations July 30-Aug. 10, 2018.

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

This U.S.-sponsored exercise includes participants from 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.

Consistent with the ever-increasing collaborative partnership between defense and public-security forces in the region, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the United States will share leadership roles within the multinational forces simulated as part of this year’s exercise.

This year, the U.S. will host Panamax from the headquarters of U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Fla.; Homestead Air Force Reserve Base, Fla.; Naval Station Mayport, Fla.; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

For more information about Panamax 2018, visit the SOUTHCOM website at or contact Mr. Jose Ruiz, U.S. Southern Command’s Media Relations Officer, at 305-437-1205 or