PANAMAX 2011 Concludes 12 Days of Training

first_imgBy Dialogo August 30, 2011 I do not understand how all these vessels could not manage to get effective help for the Panamanians in finding a light aircraft that fell in the water near Darien??? The U.S. and multinational forces who participated in PANAMAX 2011 concluded the exercise in Panama City on August 26, after 12 days of training simulating the defense of the Panama Canal. Sea and land forces from 16 nations, which included 22 naval assets, participated in class room training and real world simulations in Panama, and several locations in the United States. “Over the years PANAMAX has become the premiere multi-lateral exercise bringing together the countries and security forces of the western hemisphere in a shared commitment to protect one of the most important strategic infrastructures in the world,” said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steven H. Ratti, director of Operations, U.S. Southern Command. According to RADM Ratti, the scenario was in response to a credible threat to the canal, which led to a United Nations resolution. The resolution called for a multi-national force to protect the canal. The U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise covered visit, board, search, and seizure in both the Pacific Ocean, and Caribbean Sea phases. The guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43), participated in operations in the Pacific, along with Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Chile, and host nation Panama. The Caribbean phase had the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bear (WMEC 901) joining Mexico, Canada, and Ecuador in the VBSS training. Colombia took charge of the land forces that were investigating the simulated threat, and a Mexican navy ship participated in the operations for the first time. The exercise also covered dive training. Divers from Panama’s SENAN, along with Belizean, Canadian, and U.S. divers demonstrated the interoperability PANAMAX brings to partner nations. The interaction between the teams included diving, physical fitness, and other tasks divers must complete in their mission, like welding. “We’re down here training, developing partnerships and strengthening relationships; working on the interoperability between ourselves and our partner nations’ dive teams,” said Chief Warrant Officer James Horeinski, company commander Mobile Salvage Diving Unit 2, Little Creek, Virginia, EE. UU. “Working with a combined team gives divers the chance to see the different capabilities we have and they can put into practice new techniques.” The current exercise began in 2003, with Panama, Chile and the United States as the first nations to simulate the defense of the canal. Since then, nations from throughout the region have come together to participate in the defense of one of the world’s strategic economic points. “The Panama canal is one of the most important economic gateways for us, and our partner nations, so the defense of the canal has always been a very important task for us,” commented Panamanian Servicio Nacional Aeronaval, Cmdr. Osvaldo Urena, task force 803, about the exercise. The defense of the canal is equally important to our partners, as they have a need to use the canal.” The canal opened for business on Aug. 15, 1914. Since then, over 800,000 ships have transited the 47.9 mile man-made wonder to avoid the trip around the continent of South America. last_img read more

Donegal businesses voice concerns over Capital Plan for 2040

first_imgBusinesses in the North-West have voiced their concerns over the slow pace of progress with significant capital projects and called for accelerated delivery of the National Development Plan.The groups voiced their concerns at a meeting with local public representatives.The meeting was held at the Pramerica Offices in Letterkenny. Businesses say they need to support balanced growth and job creation across the entire country.In particular, they are calling for the recent corporate tax windfall to be directed towards much-needed infrastructure to position the regional economy to grow.Ibec North West Regional President Cormac Kearns said: “Businesses are anxious to see progress in the delivery of Project Ireland 2040 as challenges around peripherality and connectivity intensify. The delivery of strategic road infrastructure will help improve inter-urban and inter-regional connectivity and offer greater accessibility that will drive growth.“Investment in education and skills should also be viewed as a key infrastructure priority that will help support continued business growth in the region. “The country is currently enjoying windfall corporate tax revenue and there is an opportunity to invest in much-needed infrastructure, improve overall quality of life and position the regional economy to grow.  Delays on infrastructure have significant costs and pose a real threat to economic growth and damage competitiveness. Unless we deliver the infrastructure, the region will continue to develop at a slower pace.”Mr Kearns added: “With a disorderly Brexit looking increasingly likely and with regions being most vulnerable in this scenario, fast-tracking infrastructure investment is more vital than ever. We must invest ambitiously and deliver on committed projects as urgently as possible.”Donegal businesses voice concerns over Capital Plan for 2040 was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more