DVIDS – News – 62nd UNITAS Concludes, Successfully Leading Full Spectrum of Marine, Amphibious and Jungle Operations
LIMA, Peru – UNITAS LXII (62), the world’s oldest multinational maritime exercise, concluded with a closing ceremony in Lima, Peru, Oct. 6.
This year’s exercise was hosted by the Peruvian Navy and included 32 warships / warships, four submarines and 26 aircraft that conducted joint and combined scenario-based operations and training off the coast of Lima and in the jungle of Iquitos.
Navy and Maritime Forces of Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, Uruguay and States -Unis participated in the exercise.
“During UNITAS, we functioned as a unified force. Well done. Thank you to the nations, who have made significant investments in your Sailors, Marines, Airmen, ships and all other assets in this exercise, ”said Rear Admiral Jim Aiken, commander of US Naval Forces Southern Command / US 4th Fleet. “Congratulations to Peru for 200 years of excellence in the maritime field at sea and on land. Thank you for organizing this amazing exercise.
The exercise took place in phases, starting at the port with sporting events, an international cooking festival and community relations projects to build relationships between partner countries.
The at-sea phase included a multi-day multi-threat scenario that allowed participants to work together, further increasing preparedness for real-world crises that would require a multinational force response effort. The events included: tactical surface maneuvers, shipwreck exercise (SINKEX), live fire exercises, replenishment at sea, search and rescue exercises, anti-submarine warfare exercises, air defense and maritime interdiction operations.
The amphibious phase included U.S. Marines with a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – UNITAS training alongside their counterparts from partner countries Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica and from Peru to the Peruvian Marine Corps base in Ancon, Peru. Training events included Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Pushback and Fast Rope Training, HADR, Small Craft Training, Urban Cleanup, and Small Arms Live Firing Ranges. It resulted in a large-scale multinational amphibious landing on Las Salinas beach.
Finally, the Amazon / Jungle phase included Special Operations and Reconnaissance Forces that provided training in jungle survival, small arms, river navigation, small boat and river operations, and combat patrols ever since. the Peruvian river training center near Iquitos.
The exercise coincides with Peru’s bicentennial, a historic milestone commemorating the country’s 200 years of independence and the birth of its navy.
US forces participating in UNITAS LXII included the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89), the amphibious transport dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26), the rapid attack submarine of Los Angeles class USS Columbia (SSN 771), the “Scorpions” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, the “Golden Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, Special Boat Team (SBT) 22, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, US Coast Guard Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 7, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LAR ), 2nd Transport Support Battalion, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 269, 2d Force Reconnaissance Company, US Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH), and US 4th Fleet.
UNITAS is designed to train forces to conduct joint maritime operations by executing coastal warfare, counter piracy, maritime interdiction, countering transnational organized crime, anti-surface warfare, electronic warfare, communications, air and amphibious operations exercises that increase interoperability and capability between the Navy and participating maritime forces.
UNITAS, which means “unity” in Latin, was conceived in 1959, first performed in 1960 and held annually since. This year marks the 62nd annual multinational maritime exercise in the world.
UNITAS develops and maintains relationships that enhance the ability of our re-emerging and sustainable maritime partners to achieve common goals. In addition, military-to-military exchanges foster friendly and mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies and marine corps.
US Naval Forces Southern Command / US 4th Fleet supports US Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, improve interoperability and build partnerships to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
|Date posted:||06/10/2021 4:34 PM|
|Site:||LIMA, Prince Edward Island|
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