The Mexican Navy in the NAMSI Pacific Ensenada 2021 exercise with the United States and Canada

The Mexican Navy (SEMAR) took part in the multinational exercise NAMSI Pacfico Ensenada 2021 in the second naval region from March 9 to 11. The NAMSI (North America Security Initiative) 2021 is carried out regularly with ships, aircraft, personnel and equipment from the participating countries. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was conducted as a cabinet exercise (tabletop) between SEMAR. the Northern United States Command (NORTHCOM), the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC).

The purpose of NAMSI 2021 is to achieve joint coordination, response and deployment to address common hemisphere threats such as drug, substance and human trafficking at sea, in the air and an optimal level of interoperability between the naval forces of the three countries to meet .

According to the Secretariat, the NAMSI Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Canadian, as trilateral cooperation is required for a coherent approach that increases the safety of maritime transport Operations Command (CJOC) and the Mexican Navy Secretariat (SEMAR).

This document and its direct application in the Mexican naval strategy aim to use the maritime power of the federation for external defense and to contribute to the internal security of the country. The tasks of the Secretariat in the exercise of maritime authority include organizing, training, recruiting, equipping and deploying the forces that make it up; In addition to performing the Coast Guard functions, think of the device as well.

On this occasion, the NAMSI PACFICO ENSENADA 2021 was carried out as a desk exercise, using a previously designed scenario through the command and control centers and rooms of the participants in the style of a war game to assess the reactions in response to the operational situation without the Participation of real forces.

For this purpose, a simulated scenario was carried out that took place in the Pacific Ocean near northern Baja California. A ship was followed with a theft report that was sailing 300 nautical miles west of Ensenada with 2 people on board. Suspected illegal activities related to an alleged landfall of drugs on the coast discovered by a patrol aircraft at sea for which a Mexican Navy ocean patrol, located near the surveillance area, was alerted.

SEMAR recorded that since 2017 there have been three real North American Maritime Protection Initiative (NAMSI) drills conducted in the First Naval Zone in Tampico, Tamaulipas, the Sixth Naval Region based in Manzanillo, Colima, in 2017 and the last in 2018 last year in the fourteenth sea zone in Puerto Chiapas, Chiapas; Operating units from the three countries took part in all of these exercises.

The Navy indicated that these measures are being carried out to provide a training environment for personnel who will carry out contingency plans, policies and procedures at sea as NAMSI member countries conduct planning activities and conduct exercises, as well as coincident operations between them Mexican Navy, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) and the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

When carrying out these training exercises, the applicability of the operating procedures is measured, assessed and compared, as is the practicability of their handling by the operating units and operators of the command and control centers and rooms. In order to strengthen the coordination capacity between the USCG command and control centers and the Mexican Navy, the SEMAR was described in detail. (Jorge Alejandro Medelln)

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