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Este blog está dedicado al análisis y discusión de temas relacionados con la seguridad nacional y la defensa. Aunque en este sitio se encontrará información primordialmente sobre México, también se abordarán temáticas que por su relevancia bien pudieran aplicarse a otras latitudes. El autor es fundador y Director de Inteligencia en Riskop, una firma mexicana de inteligencia estratégica y control de riesgos. Politólogo por el ITESM Campus Monterrey y egresado del William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (DPCT 2016). Investigador Externo del Instituto de Investigaciones Estratégicas de la Armada de México y conferencista en el Centro de Estudios Superiores Navales.

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The Mexican Navy goes south

The Mexican Navy has been given authorization by the Senate to participate in the multinational naval exercises UNITAS Atlantic and UNITAS Pacific sponsored by the US Navy.

UNITAS Atlantic will take place from May 17th to May 25th off the Argentinean coast. The Mexican Navy will deploy the ARM 162 California Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) of the Oaxaca Class, along with an AS 565 Panther helicopter.  A naval infantry company will also be deployed for the land-based exercises.

A Mexican Navy Panther during UNITAS 2009 (Picture: US Southern Command)

The Pacific phase of UNITAS will take place off the Chilean coast next June.

This is the third time that the Mexican Navy participates in the US Navy-sponsored exercises, being the 2009 UNITAS Gold Edition its last contribution.

Note: The ARM 162 is the latest patrol ship of the Oaxaca class, built in Mexico by the Navy itself. The ship’s main weapon system is the Oto Melara 76mm naval gun, along with two Oto Melara 12.7mm remote-controlled machine guns. The ARM 162 has also a 25mm cannon in the rear, located above the helicopter hangar. The ship’s main electronic sensors are the Terma Scanter Surface Surveillance Radar and the Selex NA-25 Fire Control Radar and Optronic System.


ARM 162 California (Picture: Mexican Navy)

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