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September 16, 2009: A multi-national naval force, including USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), USS Doyle (FFG 39), USCGC Mohawk (WMEC 913), the Colombian frigate ARC Independiente, the Dutch auxiliary ship HMNLS Amsterdam, and the Uruguayan frigate General Artigas, cruise in formation as part of Fuerzas Aliadas PANAMAX 2009. FA PANAMAX is an annual multi-national training exercise tailored to the defense of the Panama Canal, involving civil and military forces from 20 countries from the Caribbean, Central and South America and around the world. It is being conducted to exercise a variety of responses to any request from the Government of Panama to protect and guarantee safe passage of traffic through the Panama Canal, ensure its neutrality, and respect national sovereignty.
Source: United States Southern Command (link)
Country: Panama
Program: Exercises

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