Operation called Naval BraColPer involves more than 400 military personnel from the three countries
By Lieutenant-Captain (RM2-T) Gisleine Assunção Alves – Manaus, AM
In the upper Solimões, in the city of Tabatinga (AM), the Fluvial Patrol Ships “Raposo Tavares” and “Rondônia”, as well as the Hospital Assistance Ship “Oswaldo Cruz” and the UH-12 aircraft, began the Naval BraColPer Operation 2022, composing the Task Group (GT) of the Amazonas Flotilla until August 10. At this moment, the commission is sailing on the Amazonas Peruano River on its way to the city of Iquitos, Peru.
Operation BraColPer has brought together the capabilities of the Navies of Brazil (MB), Colombia, and Peru since 1974, with the objective of carrying out exercises through an exchange of knowledge in the Tri-Border area, improving the level of training and thus allowing the effectiveness of the combined operations of the naval units of the participating countries.
The Operation is divided into three phases and involves more than 400 military personnel. Phases I and II take place in the Marañon River, the Solimões Peruano River, between the cities of Leticia (Colombia) and Iquitos (Peru), during the periods that coincide with the Independence dates of these countries, celebrated on July 20th and 28th, respectively. At the end of these phases, the ships that make up the GT return to their headquarters. As in previous years, phase III, held in the state of Amazonas, will take place on the Solimões and Negro Rivers, in September, precisely on the occasion of the celebration of 200 years of Brazil’s Independence.
Vice-Admiral Thadeu Marcos Orosco Coelho Lobo emphasized that it is a privilege for the MB to participate as host navy in the year in which Brazil celebrates the bicentennial of its Independence.
“The Amazon Basin provides access to the innermost of our countries, and is therefore a subject of shared attention. It demands, consequently, joint actions that promote continuity across borders. Far beyond the historic and solid friendship between our nations, multinational action in the Amazon region is an imperative, which must be based on a robust system of cooperation at the various levels of decision”, highlighted the Admiral.Vice-Admiral Thadeu Marcos Orosco Coelho Lobo
Colombia’s Independence Celebrations
On July 20, 2022, in the city of Leticia, Colombia, the 212th anniversary of Colombia’s Independence was celebrated with the presence of Brazilian civil and military authorities. Among the protocol events, the celebration of a mass in the Cathedral of Leticia, and the civic parade allusive to the 212th anniversary of Colombia’s Independence, where military personnel from the Brazilian Navy and Army also paraded through the city streets, were highlighted. On the occasion, there was a demonstration of Colombian military personnel, means, and operational equipment, as well as a floral display in front of the bust of Admiral Padilla, a Colombian hero who played a decisive role in the Independence of Colombia.
On the Marañon River, the Fluvial Patrol Ships “Raposo Tavares” and “Rondônia”, and the Hospital Assistance Ship “Oswaldo Cruz”, of the Brazilian Navy, accompanied by the Ships “ARC Rey”, “ARC Leticia”, “ARC Joyss” of the Colombian Navy and the ship “BAP Clavero” of the Peruvian Navy, held a Naval Parade, ending the commemorations of the Independence Day.
Agência Marinha de Notícias *** Translated by the DEFCONPress Team ***