United States and other 20 countries held joint military exercises Allied Force 2009
9 18, the U.S. Navy’s San Antonio-class amphibious dock landing ship Mesa Verde Road traffic in the waters near Panama. Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Peishe
Xinhua Panama City on September 19 (Reporter Wang Pei Qi Party) “2009 coalition forces,” the G-20 joint military exercises 11 to 22 September in the waters near Panama. From the United States, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Chile and other 20 countries of the approximately 4,500 officers and sailors took part in the exercise.
Xinhua News Agency correspondent on the 18th capital of Panama City in Panama aboard the U.S. “Black Hawk” helicopters, to observe a day of joint military exercises. “Black Hawk” cabin has three rows of seats, can accommodate 11 people. Helicopter, steering light. Canadian locks in the Panama Canal from not far away, the reporter saw more ships are on standby Atlantic Ocean. It is reported that a total of more than 30 warships and 17 military helicopters took part in the exercise.
After half an hour after the flight, the helicopter landed in the exercise of command flagship – the U.S. Navy, “San Antonio” class amphibious dock landing ship “Mesa Verde” sign on. “Mesa Verde” length 208.4 meters, width 31.9 meters, the ship has more than 300 sailors. The ship can carry amphibious landing ships, amphibious tanks, for the helicopter, if necessary, can also be fired on the beach.
sea and air services, according to Panama’s National Bureau of liaison officers 阿布迪尔马 Lin Jieshao participate in multinational joint forces exercises in the mouth of the Panama Canal the Pacific, Atlantic and adjacent waters at the mouth of sea and air military exercises . Exercise designed to ensure that once the terrorist attack on the Panama Canal, passing ships were hijacked or transnational drug trafficking syndicate to carry weapons of mass destruction attack, multinational forces can work together effectively, to fight back and quickly regain control of the canal.
the Panama Canal in Central America great military strategic significance, the critical role of international trade is not self-evident. Canal of the user countries will wish to ensure the safety and neutrality of the canal.
known as “bridge the world” reputation of the Panama Canal for about 81 km, navigable in 1914. Currently 5% of the world bear an annual trade cargo. Under the plan, the Panama Canal expansion project completed in 2014, its shipping capacity will be increased by 1.
annual “Allied Force” multinational joint military exercise began in 2003, the main participants in the Americas.