The Peruvian Navy and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps displayed their capabilities through the combined, rapid-response, cross-sectional exercise Waves of Solidarity. The two navies, with long-standing coordination, put to the test their response capabilities for disaster and humanitarian assistance in a simulated magnitude 8.5 earthquake and tsunami in Chorrillos Bay, Lima, Peru, November 24, 2018.
The objective of the exercise was to increase training and coordinate the work of Peruvian institutions that conduct first response in humanitarian assistance and natural disaster operations. The training created a joint and combined environment to share tactics, techniques, and doctrinal procedures between both countries in case of a natural disaster in the Andean country or in the region.
“Collaboration means strengthening mutual trust by learning both navies and marines’ strengths and weaknesses,” Peruvian Navy Vice Admiral James Guido Thornberry Schiantarelli, commander of Pacific Operations, told Diálogo. “Through these exercises, we revise and update procedures and doctrine to give fluency to the tasks and achieve mission success.”