Photos: 17 Navy held joint military exercises to defend the Panama Canal
8 17, the capital of Panama City in Panama U.S. warships patrolling the surrounding waters.
an Ecuadorian Coast Guard patrol boats sailing in the waters around Panama City.
8 17, the Chilean Navy warship crew on standby.
Ecuador Coast Guard patrol boats patrolling the waters around Panama City navigation.
defend the Panama Canal more than 16 countries launched joint military exercises, a total of 17 countries from about 3,500 officers and men involved in this year’s exercise. The exercise will continue until July 26. Panama has the military strategic significance, the key role of international trade, the canal of the user countries will wish to ensure the security and neutrality of the canal. To defend the Panama Canal and to carry out military exercises began in 2003. At that time the participating countries only the United States, Panama and Chile. With the growing influence of exercise, more and more Latin American countries and the European countries involved. Xinhua News Agency (hair 里西奥巴伦苏 Ella photo)