“Through the years, UNITAS has evolved to fit the landscape, needs, and mutual naval and maritime interests of the Americas and Caribbean,” said Rear Adm. Joseph D. Kernan, Commander, US Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) and US 4th Fleet.
For 50 years, UNITAS has served as the primary maritime security engagement exercise among the militaries of the Western Hemisphere, AFPS adds.
During the two-week exercise lasting from April 20-May 5, the United States and partner nations will train together in a realistic scenario-driven training environment featuring live-fire exercises, undersea warfare, shipboard operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense and surface warfare, amphibious operations, electronic warfare, and special warfare.
“This isn’t something we have an opportunity to do quite often,” said Canadian Army 1st Lt. Michael Faber of Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment.
Faber also said UNITAS helps provide his team with the experience they need to be ready for almost any real-world operation.
The AFPS says during the exercise, sailors, marines and coastguardsmen have the opportunity to train side-by-side with Latin American navies in a high-tech environment using state-of-the-art equipment. The relationships that develop from this exercise will help to foster cooperation and understanding between participating navies.