Coast Guard Cutter Forward recently completed an international naval exercise to build partnerships between 15 nations. Who was the key to connecting those partner nations? Seaman Juan Garcia-Perez. As a dual citizen of the United States and Colombia, and a fluent Spanish speaker, Garcia-Perez was the lead communicator for maritime forces during Forward’s participation in UNITAS 2013.
UNITAS, Latin for “unity,” is an annual U.S. Southern Command, multinational naval exercise designed to enhance security cooperation between South American and U.S. maritime forces. This is the 53rd year partner nations have participated in UNITAS, making it the longest ongoing maritime exercise in this region as well as the largest.
For Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, UNITAS is over. But, for USS Thach and USS Boone, the journey continues around the Cape of Good Hope towards UNITAS PAC. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stuart Phillips. Written by Ens. Ray Chaisson, Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba. Last week, Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba took part in
Written by Ens. Ray Chaisson, Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba is moored alongside of the Mexican Navy ship Baja California at its first port call for UNITAS. Escanaba and Baja California represent two of the four countries participating in this year’s exercise. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. John Goshorn. As a
The Brazilian Navy ships Almirante Gastao Motta, Niteroi and Bosisio head south in formation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann. Written by Ens. Ray Chaisson, Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, with contributions from Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann. It’s been roughly a week into Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba’s UNITAS experience
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba put their training to use as they tie down a Navy Seahawk. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann. Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann It’s official. The start of the 52nd annual UNITAS multilateral training event has begun. Unitas, Latin for unity,