The Navies of the Americas Meet in Mexico to Improve Hemispheric Security

first_img A naval summit organized by the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) sought to improve security in the Americas, by means of joint strategies and operations targeting organized crime and aid in the event of natural disasters. According to Semar, at the inauguration of the 25th edition of the Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC) in Cancún, Mexico, in late May, the Mexican secretary of the Navy, Vice Admiral Mariano Saynez, stressed the need to implement standardized operational procedures that can strengthen the exchange of information and cooperation in the area of maritime security. At the hemispheric naval meeting, the participants “will seek to improve the mechanisms of interoperability, with the aim of establishing security and peace among nations, as well as becoming familiar with the maritime environment, with a view toward offering humanitarian assistance,” a Semar statement indicated prior to the event. The conference’s central theme addressed inter-American maritime security “with a view toward offering humanitarian assistance in cases and areas of disaster or emergency, to countries that may find themselves impacted by the effects of some kind of natural phenomenon.” The objective is “to contribute to perfecting the systems of cooperation at the hemispheric level, through the exchange of knowledge, to promote solidarity in the hemisphere,” Semar added. The heads of the navies of Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Uruguay participated in the meeting, as well as the heads of the general staffs of Argentina, Honduras, Panama, and Venezuela. Representatives of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the secretariat of the Inter-American Defense Board, and the Inter-American Naval Communications Network also attended, among other participants. This is the first time that Mexico has hosted the Inter-American Naval Conference, created in 1959 to promote contacts among the navies of the hemisphere and exchange ideas and knowledge about maritime affairs. Among the joint operations currently being conducted, specifically in the fight against drug trafficking, Operation Martillo stands out. SOUTHCOM is participating in this extensive anti-drug and anti-organized-crime operation, which is underway in Central American waters and in which forces from 13 European and Western Hemisphere countries are taking part. By Dialogo June 06, 2012last_img

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