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U.S. Military Meets With Argentine Navy to Plan 2008 Naval Interactions

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071205-17
Release Date: 12/5/2007 5:48:00 PM


By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alan Gragg, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps leaders met with Armada Argentina (Argentine Navy) representatives for the Operational Naval Committee (ONC) Argentina conference Dec. 3-4, to discuss upcoming engagements between the two militaries in 2008.

ONC Argentina was hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) in Mayport this year. The annual conference is held to plan and agree to the various exercises and theater security cooperation events the U.S. and Argentine militaries intend to conduct for the upcoming year. Delegates from both nations are able to meet face-to-face at the ONC conference to discuss mutual goals of maritime security in Latin America.

"We are changing in Argentina, and looking forward to more joint operations," said Argentine Navy Commodore Jose Luis Perez Varela. "We are translators, trying to gain better opportunities for our Navy, by understanding the points of view of the American Navy."

The product of the conference was a memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed this year by Argentine Navy Chief of Operations Capt. Waldemar Abel Sanguinetti and NAVSO Director of Exercises and Theater Security Cooperation Capt. Steven Blaisdell. The MOU outlines plans for U.S. and Argentine interactions for 2008. ONC Argentina helps support the U.S. Navy's new Maritime Strategy, which emphasizes cooperative relationships with international partners, by producing agreements and engagements between these partner nations.

"I'm looking forward to enhancing our personal and professional relations," said Blaisdell about Argentina. "We share the bond of the sea."

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