TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s Armed Forces are recognized for providing high levels of specialized training, and the recent course provided the benefit of their expertise to other countries.
Since 2010, more than 1,100 officers and sailors from 24 Latin American countries, including the navies of Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama and Paraguay, have participated in training provided by the Colombian National Navy.
“In 2015, APC-Colombia plans to continue these kinds of initiatives with support from South-South Cooperation via the platform of the Regional Cooperation Program for Mesoamerica,” APC-Colombia reports.
Recently the Colombian National Navy trained naval forces from eight countries in the Americas in maritime interdiction and other operations during the 12th Coast Guard and Maritime Interdiction Course.
The Navy developed the training course, which is held twice a year, for 18 naval officers from Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. It took place from October 20 – November 27 at the Bolivar Naval Base in Cartagena, with the objective of strengthening naval responsiveness in the fight against organized crime.