To improve cooperation and interoperability between the two navies, Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson, commander of the United States’ Fourth Fleet, visited the Caribbean Naval Force (ARC) of the Colombian Navy. At a meeting with Vice Admiral Ricardo Hurtado Chacn, Chief of Staff for Naval Operations, and Rear Admiral Juan Ricardo Rozo Obregn, Commander of the Caribbean Naval Forces, the ARC’s strategic and operational plans in the sea, river and land scenarios of The Colombian were discussed Jurisdiction, later Gabrielson, accompanied by his entourage, was able to appreciate the capabilities of this unit and visited the frigate FS-1500 ARC FM-54 Independiente, the ocean patrol ship OPV-80 ARC 20 de Julio and the submarine U-209 -1200 ARC Pijao, in addition to observing an exhibit of the ARC’s capabilities for developing special operations for the Caribbean Naval Command Groups.
While visiting the facilities of the Almirante Padilla Naval Cadet School, Rear Admiral Javier Alfonso Jaimes Pinilla, director of the school, accompanied the military authorities of both countries to interact with the simulators of the Center for Research, Development and Innovation for Activities. Martimas (CIDIAM) with 360-degree full mission bridge functions and VBS3 virtual reality (Virtual Battlespace 3), a tool that strengthens the training and research processes of the Colombian Navy.
This important meeting made it possible to identify common goals in the fight against drug trafficking and other manifestations of transnational organized crime at sea, as well as the recognition of the Colombian Navy as an axis of stability and security in the Caribbean. (Carlos Vanegas, correspondent for the Edefa group in Colombia)
Photos: Visit of Rear Admiral Donald Gabrielson, Commander of the United States’ Fourth Fleet, to the Caribbean Naval Forces of the Colombian Navy.
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