March 3, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Secretariat of the Navy-Navy of Mexico informs that, from February 28 to today, the Exercise “NAMSI PACIFIC-EX 2020” was carried out, with the headquarters of the Fourteenth Naval Zone, located in Puerto Chiapas, Chiapas; This exercise is based on maritime safety and security in the North American region, so its main objective is the exchange of operational knowledge between the maritime forces of Mexico, the United States and Canada, to guarantee the maintenance of the Rule of Law at sea in compliance with current national and international regulations and Human Rights.
This exercise has been designed to offer a training environment for personnel who execute emergency response plans, policies and procedures at sea; since, based on maritime safety and security, these three countries, through the North American Maritime Protection Initiative (NAMSI) , carry out planning and exercise activities, as well as matching operations between the Mexican Navy, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) and the United States Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP).
During the development of this 2020 exercise, simulated scenarios were proposed in the area of responsibility of the Eighth Naval Region, which includes the coastal maritime zone of the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas, for which the surface and aerial units of the Navy: ARM “Chiapas” PO-165, ARM “Palenque” PC-333, ARM “Spica” PI-1117 and ARM “Mirfak” PI-1120; ANX- (TBD) Persuader (MPA) and ANX- (TBD) Panther (HELO); in addition to the vessels belonging to the ENSAR of Puerto Chiapas; with which they were practiced and demonstrated the capabilities of joint training in case of a threat by transnational organized crime, in addition to conducting maritime search and rescue exercises.
On this occasion, Mexico was the host and organizer of the aforementioned exercise, so in addition to having the participation of representative personnel from the countries of the United States and Canada, the presence of national institutions, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Attorney General’s Office (FGR) and the National Migration Institute (INM).
The Mexican Navy operational scheme included an Oaxaca-Class Ocean Patrol with onboard Helicopter, a Tenochtitlan Class Coastal Patrol, two Polaris Class Interceptor Patrols, a Maritime Air Patrol Plane, three vessels that participated as targets of interest and a Class vessel Defend; For its part, the United States participated with the USCGC BENJAMIN BOTTOMS, USCG ALERT, a C-27 aircraft, as well as an ORION aircraft of the CBP and Canada with the RCN WHITHEHORSE.
With the practice of multinational exercises, the Secretariat of the Navy-Navy of Mexico strengthens its operational capabilities through the exchange of knowledge and techniques from countries such as the United States and Canada; actions that endorse its commitment to citizenship to ensure maritime safety and safeguard human life at sea.