Brazilian Navy takes over Joint Staff of Operation "Catrimani II"Brazilian Navy takes over Joint Staff of Operation "Catrimani II"

The military has intensified the fight against illegal mining in the Yanomami Indigenous Land in Roraima

The Brazilian Navy is now in charge of the Joint Staff of Operation “Catrimani II”, which has been fighting illegal mining in the Yanomami Indigenous Land (TIY) in Roraima since April 1st. At the beginning of this month, Rear Admiral Alexandre Itiro Villela Assano took over from Air Brigadier Steven Meier, of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), as Chief of Staff of the Operational Command.

The Operation involves joint work between the Public Security bodies, Agencies and the Armed Forces, to temporarily (until December) deploy various means in the region, with actions aimed at removing intruders and dealing with the humanitarian crisis that has devastated the Yanomami Indigenous Land. In this new phase of the operation, the military are working preventively and repressively to neutralize illegal mining activities, as well as combating cross-border illicit activities and environmental crimes.

The Component Naval Force (FNC) will be taking part in the actions using the River Patrol Vessel “Raposo Tavares”, which has an embarked troop of Marines from the 1st Riverine Operations Battalion; the River Hydroceanographic Warning (AvHoFlu) “Rio Negro”, designed for surveys that will enable knowledge of the navigation channel; Hospital Assistance Ship “Carlos Chagas”, which will provide medical, hospital and dental assistance to riverside populations and indigenous communities; and the Pusher Ship “Segundo-Tenente Souza Filho”, bringing an armored combat speedboat “Excalibur”, operated by soldiers from the Amazonas Riverine Operations Vessel Group (GreOpRibAM).

To further strengthen the operation, soldiers from the Marine Special Operations Battalion (Amphibious Commandos) and the Combat Divers Group – both considered elite Navy troops – were called in. For the first time, GreOpRibAM is acting in an expeditionary manner, bringing an “Excalibur” speedboat to the Theater of Operations, which operates inland on the narrow rivers that enter the TIY, such as the Catrimani itself. Also, in an unprecedented move, the AvHoFlu “Rio Negro” entered the Catrimani River, with the aim of carrying out operational surveys to enable the FNC’s missions to operate safely at the limits of the river’s navigability.

“Catrimani I”

The first stage of Operation “Catrimani”, which took place from January to March this year, focused on humanitarian aid provided by the Armed Forces. More than 230 indigenous communities were served, including transportation of cargo and fuel, aeromedical evacuation and distribution of food baskets, totaling 360 tons of food delivered. In this logistical effort, the military flew more than 2,400 hours in 36 aircraft from the three forces.

*** Translated by DEFCONPress FYI Team ***

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