US Navy conducts exercise with Chilean officers as part of UNITAS

2 November 2015 (Last Updated November 2nd, 2015 18:30)

The US Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) NINE, and embarked Carrier Air Wing TWO have conducted drills with Chilean officers for UNITAS Pacific (PAC).

The US Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) NINE, and embarked Carrier Air Wing TWO have conducted drills with Chilean officers for UNITAS Pacific (PAC).

As part of this development, both the US and Chilean guest officers participated in a number of exercises, including Blue Sky V, which is designed to improve relations through cooperative airborne tactical engagements.

Chilean naval officer lieutenant Alejandro Ramos said: "Our job here is to be the link between the carrier and our task forces."

"We've compared their leadership to our own and realised that we have many similarities, and that we face the same challenges they do."

"We maintain communications with our commands by sharing the knowledge we gain here."

UNITAS is the US Navy's longest running annual multinational maritime exercise. The latest exercise is part of the Southern Seas deployment, planned by US Naval Forces Southern Command / US 4th Fleet.

According to the US Navy, the exercise offered experience that can be applied to each nation's respective militaries.

Chilean naval officer lieutenant junior grade Cristian Figari said: "Something we are taking away from this experience is how to run a large force.

"We've compared their leadership to our own and realised that we have many similarities, and that we face the same challenges they do."

UNITAS 2015 is the 56th iteration of annual exercise, which is conducted in two phases. UNITAS Pacific is hosted by Chile, and UNITAS Atlantic will be based in Brazil this month.

Recently, the US Navy's Ronald Reagan CSG conducted a series of exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy to improve maritime interoperability, tactics, techniques, and procedures.

The exercises were part of the routine CSG operations performing in the waters around the South Korea to strengthen the US-ROK alliance and enhance regional security.