MM&P-Crewed USNS SPEARHEAD in Multinational Maritime Exercise
UNITAS is a multinational maritime exercise conducted to enhance security cooperation. It fosters teamwork and understanding between participating navies and public security forces.
UNITAS was conducted for the first time in 1960 and has been held every year since then, making it the world’s longest running annual multinational maritime exercise.
UNITAS 2016, which is being held off the coast of Panama from Sept. 18 to 28, is training forces from the Western Hemisphere in a variety of maritime scenarios. Ships, aircraft and personnel from the United States and 10 other countries are taking part.
USNS SPEARHEAD, with MM&P licensed deck officers on board, is among the participants. The vessel is the first Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel to be operated by Military Sealift Command.
A photo of the ship “spearheading” the U.S. contingent of the UNITAS 2016 fleet is posted under “Latest News” on www.bridgedeck.org.
This year’s exercise, hosted by Panama, is designed to train each navy and public security force to conduct joint naval operations through the execution of littoral warfare, anti-piracy and maritime interdiction operations, anti-surface warfare, electronic warfare, communications exercises and air operations.
Naval, maritime and public security forces from the United States, Panama, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Peru are participating.