Military Capabilities

Latin American submarine drills underscore regional ASW partnerships

14 November 2018

The recent trilateral submarine exercises off the South American coast conducted by US, Columbian, and Peruvian naval forces further honed and expanded more realistic anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training for the region.

The exercise in waters off the coast of Colombia between 1 and 6 November featured two Colombian vessels, frigate ARC Indepeniente and type 206 submarine ARC Indomable ; one Peruvian type 209 submarine, BAP Arica ; and one Boeing P-8A Poseidon US maritime patrol aircraft.

The exercise stressed technical expertise in locating submerged targets and various overall aspects of ASW capabilities of US and partner nation navies, US Navy (USN) officials said.

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