October 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – After two months of enlistment, 74 crew members aboard the ARC “07 de Agosto” Ocean Patrol set sail this Thursday, to represent Colombia in the 61st version of the UNITAS international operation, which this year will take place for ten days in maritime waters. of Ecuador, from 02 to 11 November of this year.
This fleet unit attached to the Pacific Naval Force, will travel 410 nautical miles, departing from Bahía Málaga in Valle del Cauca, until arriving on November 2 at the port of Manta, to participate in this important international operation in which Argentina , Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, United States, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, through naval exercises will demonstrate their capabilities, level of enlistment and training.
During the training exercises and international cooperation, the countries will carry out the naval deployment with the participation of more than 800 sailors, aboard 14 warships and 12 aircraft.
Annually, this multinational training operation, which is led by the United States, integrates the naval capabilities between friendly countries, through the execution of offensive and defensive exercises in a coordinated and safe manner, in order to achieve interoperability between countries. region of. Likewise, it allows to affirm ties of friendship and cooperation between the participating countries.
During the operation, training exercises will be carried out that also include surface maneuvers, tactical formations and exercises in tactical publications, communications, maritime interdiction, search and rescue operations and firing with major and minor weapons, completing a total of 17 naval exercises.
This operation has been promoted since 1959 by the United States under the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) and since then, Colombia and the United States are the only countries that have participated continuously in its 61 versions.
For this year, Colombia’s participation will be through a Task Group made up of the ARC Ocean Patrol “August 7”, a Coast Guard Defender boat and a remotely manned aircraft, under the command of Captain Andrés Monsalve Agudelo , maintains its highest level of enlistment and training to participate in this multinational exercise.