France? Where does France fit into the Monroe Doctrine? An exception made for le centre spatial guyanais, no doubt.
Britain (cricketers from Guyana notwithstanding) was apparently not invited. Argentine shirtiness, no doubt.
US, Partner Nations Kick Off PANAMAX 2013
Approximately 160 military personnel, including Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, and personnel from 19 nations arrived at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters Aug. 12 to begin exercise PANAMAX 2013.
U.S. and partner nations train in the execution of stability operations under the support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions; provide interoperability training for the participating multinational staffs; and build participating nation capability to plan and execute complex multinational operations.
This year’s annual PANAMAX exercise develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of the nation’s emerging and enduring partners’ security forces to achieve common desired goals, while fostering friendly cooperation and understanding among participating forces.
During the exercise, Harris will act as the commander of Multinational Forces South.
”The governments of the countries participating in PANAMAX share common interests and this exercise enhances those links by fostering friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating militaries,” Harris said. “This multinational exercise also contributes to interoperability, and builds the capabilities of the participating nations to plan and execute complex multinational operations.”
PANAMAX 2013 is a U.S.-sponsored, multinational annual exercise that, this year, includes participants from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States.
The exercise will conclude Aug. 16.
Photos from the engine room of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller.
Episode 7: “Photos from the engine room (in Port of Ningbo, China)”
Hereby another update from the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.
We arrived in Ningbo on 20 July at 0900hrs in the morning.
Since we had a major event the day before in Shanghai, a smaller event was planned for Ningbo. The vessel received guests on the bridge at 1630hrs, mainly from Ningbo port.
After the speeches and exchange of gifts a vessel tour was conducted. Dinner was arranged in a very nice nearby restaurant. We left Ningbo early sunday morning bound for Yantian. Our ETA for Yantian is 24 July at 0800hrs in the morning.
The crew and I are very much looking forward to a few days at sea, after a very hectic program in Korea and the northern ports of China.
As requested by some of the readers of the blog I have attached photos from the engine room. And – not least – 2nd officer Yaroslav made a panorama photo of the bridge at night time.
Hope you enjoy it.