First Known “Narcosubmarine” Intercepted by Spain

November 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Civil Guard, the National Police and the Tax Agency have already refloated the submarine intercepted last Saturday 3,000 kilos of cocaine a few miles from the beach of Hío, in the region of Morrazo (Pontevedra). Once the countdown was finished during the past morning, a total of 152 bales have been intervened. The submersible, from which they intended to transfer the drug to another vessel, is already in the port of Aldán, in Cangas (Pontevedra) where the drug has been extracted from its…

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China Donates Five Patrol Craft to Ecuador

Statement from Chinese Embassy in Ecuador On October 31, 2019, my handover of the unpaid military aid material to Ecuador was held at the Coast Guard Command Square in the southern base of the Guayaquil Naval. Ambassador Chen Guoyou signed a handover certificate with Ecuadorian Defense Minister Osvaldo Harlem. The commander-in-chief of the Allied Commander Lieutenant General Lala, the commander of the Navy, Major General Darwin Haring, the Commander of the Army, Major General Altamirano, and the Tufa Super Military Officer of our library attended the ceremony. Ambassador Chen said…

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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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Comfort Arrives in Manta for First Medical Mission

June 27, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Manta, Ecuador for the first mission stop of the 2019 deployment, June 26. While in Manta, U.S. service members and medical professionals will work alongside partner and host nation medical professionals to provide much-needed medical assistance in communities with urgent health care needs, including local populations and vulnerable Venezuelans who have fled to other countries in the region. “We are absolutely thrilled and eager to begin our work here in the beautiful port of Manta,” said Capt. Brian J. Diebold,…

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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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ARC Gloria Visits Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary

October 24, 2018 (Google Translation) – During the celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2018, the ARC ship “Gloria” has traveled more than 20,500 nautical miles in 18 ports of 11 countries, after having completed two arduous cadet training cruises and participated in “Velas Latinoamérica 2018”. This time the turn was for 68 children who are preparing to visit for the first time the Wildlife and Flora Sanctuary “Malpelo”, as it passes through the Colombian Pacific. The flagship ship sailed on October 15 from the Golden Gate of Colombia (Barranquilla)…

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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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PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark sets sail for “Harmonious Mission 2018”

The PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark (Hull 866) set sail from its homeport in Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Thursday morning to embark on the voyage of “Harmonious Mission 2018”. It is the Peace Ark’s 7th “Harmonious Mission”, which will bring the ship to more than ten countries, including Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Columbia, Venezuela, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic and Ecuador, to provide humanitarian medical services. Upon invitation of the Chilean Navy, the Chinese naval hospital ship will also have a stop…

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Unitas 2018 Multinational Exercise in Cartagena

Google Translation The Colombian National Navy will host the UNITAS LIX – 2018 Multinational Exercise that will be held in September, in which it is expected to have the participation of 18 naval units; both warships and submarines, with the purpose of strengthening the confidence and integration of the Naval Forces of the continent, as well as maintaining the training of the crews to cooperate with each other in the face of different hemispheric threats. In the facilities of the Caribbean Naval Force in Cartagena, the initial planning meeting was…

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