Magical Magdalena Crossing 2019 Completed

September 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – After 16 days of travel and 294 nautical miles sailed aboard the ARC ship “A” of the Colombian Navy, the Magdalena Magdalena Crossing 2019 culminated successfully, where well-being, joy and health were brought to more than 20,000 inhabitants from the banks of the main fluvial artery of Colombia, the Magdalena River. The crossing was attended by the Caribbean Naval Force, in the company of officials of the Foundation for Research and Development of Special Education (FIDES), the Government of Bolivar, the Institute of Culture…

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UNITAS LX Exercise Strengthens Partnerships

August 30, 2019 – Brazil hosted over 3,100 personnel from 13 countries for the 60th anniversary of exercise UNITAS, the longest running multinational maritime exercise in the world, Aug. 18-30. During closing ceremonies, Maj. Gen. Michael Fahey III, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces South, spoke to the participants. “We are a successful team because we share the same ideals…respect for human rights, freedom, rule of law and commitment to peace,” said Fahey. “And we will continue to be a successful team because our partnership forges a regional capacity that’s…

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Operation “BRACOLPER NAVAL” Turns 45

July 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – From July 9 to August 9, the “Raposo Tavares” and “Amapá” River Patrol Ships (NPaFlu) and the “Carlos Chagas” Hospital Assistance Ship (NAsH), subordinated to the Amazon Flotilla Command (ComFlotAM) , and a UH-12 aircraft from the First Northwest General Employment Helicopter Squadron, participate in Operation “BRACOLPER NAVAL 2019”, composing the Task Force (WG) of the 9th Naval District Command (Com9ºDN). Operation BRACOLPER (Brazil-Colombia-Peru), promoted since 1974, has the mission of conducting joint naval exercises in a riverside environment, especially in the Triple Border…

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USNS Comfort Departs Norfolk for Medical Mission

June 14, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Norfolk, June 14, to begin her deployment to South America, Central America and the Caribbean. During its deployment, Comfort will provide medical assistance in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. “We are embarking on a five-month deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility to embark on a humanitarian assistance mission,” said Capt. B.J. Diebold, Comfort’s mission commander. “Our mission will consist of multinational personnel from across our…

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Hospital Ship to Depart Norfolk for Medical Mission

June 10, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) deploys from Naval Station Norfolk on Friday, June 14 at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During its five-month deployment, Comfort will provide medical assistance in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. While deployed, Comfort will conduct mission stops in Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago. U.S. military medical personnel aboard the Comfort will work alongside a…

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Colombian Navy Makes 500 Kilo Cocane Bust

May 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – So far this year, about 50 tons of cocaine have been seized by the Colombian Navy, thanks to a strong fight against drug trafficking. In the last hours, the Colombian Navy, in a joint and coordinated operation with the National Army and the Police, seized 488 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, which were transported by four individuals aboard a speedboat in the area. general of Candelilla de la Mar, south of the department of Nariño. Thanks to Intelligence information, a vessel was detected that, late…

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Colombian Navy Assists With Oil Sprill Cleanup in Cartagena

May 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – Coast Guard Rapid Reaction Units, in coordination with the Harbor Authority of Cartagena and the Caribbean Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research Center, perform the verification and containment of an oil slick that is found in the inner bay of the heroic city. Personnel of the Coast Guard Station of Cartagena performs the dispersion of oily waste and the containment of these, through the use of oleophilic barriers; Likewise, the cleaning of the beaches of Castillogrande is carried out, with oleophilic towels, eliminating the presence of…

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Juan Sebastián de Elcano pays homage to Blas de Lezo in Cartagena de Indias

March 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – On March 2, during her stopover in the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias, the crew and midshipmen of the School Ship “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” participated in a tribute to the distinguished Spanish sailor, Lieutenant General D. Blas de Lezo and Olavarrieta. In the same scenario in which one of the most glorious pages in the history of Spain was written, an event took place that included the presence, on the Spanish side, of the Ambassador of Spain in the Republic of Colombia…

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Five Officers Update Colombian Navy Frigates’ Communications

March 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Naval Academy of Cadets “Almirante Padilla”, through the application of knowledge and the integration of the academy in function of its bases and units of the National Navy, has developed the update to the communication system of the surface units, initially applied to the ARC Admiral Padilla Frigate. This project is given by the need that exists in the larger units of the National Navy, to announce all types of information on board, whether it is sailing or at the dock. That announcer…

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USNS Comfort Reaches Mid-Deployment in Panama

November 14, 2018 – Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T- AH 20) transited the Panama Canal, Nov. 11, following a two-day port visit in Panama City. Comfort is headed north to Turbo, Colombia, for the third of its five mission stops. Having completed mission stops in Esmeraldas, Ecuador and Paita, Peru, the crew has already treated 10,224 patients with general medical, dental and optometry needs as part of the U.S. Southern Command’s 2018 Enduring Promise initiative. “Comfort’s visit to Panama City was multi-purposed,” said Command Senior Chief Cory Anglin, senior enlisted…

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ARC Gloria for the first time in the great Malecón del Río in Barranquilla

October 10, 2018 (Google Translation) – Next October 12th at 9 o’clock in the morning our floating ambassador will arrive in Barranquilla and will dock for the first time in its history in the Great Malecon del Río, at the height of the Puerta de Oro Events Center, it will be open to the public during extended hours the attendance to the events will be completely free and guided tours will be offered where the visitors will be able to know the 50 years of history that adorn our Vessel…

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Minister of Defense announces that Ecuador rejoins Unitas maneuvers

August 23, 2018 (Google translation) – Ecuador dismisses this Friday, August 24, a fleet of the Naval Force that rejoins, after 11 years of absence, the multinational Unitas maneuvers 2018, involving 13 countries in the Americas and the United Kingdom. This information was provided by Defense Minister, division general in passive service Oswaldo Jarrín Román, who stressed that this activity will allow exchange of experiences, command capacity, interoperability and interoperability of the media, capacity to assist in the occurrence of disasters, control and presence for the aquatic spaces of the…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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Dominican Navy Training Ship Visits Colombia

Google Translation During the International Cruise of Instruction called “Surcando la América Ístmica”, carried out on board the Patrol Ship of Height ARD “Admiral Didiez Burgos”; 50 Marine Guard of the Navy and Cadets of the Army and Air Force of the Dominican Republic, had the opportunity to arrive at the Naval Base ARC “Bolívar” in the city of Cartagena and participate in the professional visit to the Frigate Misilera ARC “Antioquia” and the Naval Academy of Cadets “Almirante Padilla”, where they learned about the installations, capacities and simulators with…

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