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Exercise UNITAS LVIII-17

Frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ participates in the multinational exercise UNITAS LVIII-17 in Peru.
It was a multinational exercise with participation of 17 navies from different parts of the world, in addition to regional land and air forces.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Between the 17th and 21st of July, the Spanish frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ (F-105) took part in exercise UNITAS LVIII-17 in Peruvian waters. The Exercise was managed and conducted by the Peruvian Navy with participation of naval, air and land forces from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United Kingdom and Spain.

UNITAS is a crisis management exercise where a multinational force is deployed under a UN mandate to conduct humanitarian aid and support operations in the wake of a natural disaster in a very unstable country on the brink of a civil war. Some of the goals of the exercise were to implement common conventional combat procedures and asymmetric warfare techniques on the one hand, and enhance the interoperability among participating units, strengthening the bonds of friendship on the other.

The ‘Cristóbal Colón’ participated in the early stages of the exercise, first in port and later as flagship of some surface units and command ship of the anti-air warfare element.

At sea, some of the exercises consisted in replenishments, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare, firing of chaff and coastal gunfire drills. An old and decommissioned 500-ton Peruvian patrol boat adrift was also used as target for the firing exercises at sea with very successful results.

Once UNITAS LVIII-17 concluded, the F-105 continued with her transit back to Spain after having deployed with the Royal Australian Navy for four months. After crossing the Panama Canal and calling at the US Naval Station Mayport in the east coast, the Spanish frigate is scheduled to arrive at her home port in Ferrol on August 10th after having circumnavigated the globe.

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