Special Forces Of The Colombian Navy Train Command Of The Dominican Republic Navy

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The Special Forces of the Colombian Navy (COFEN) provided special operations training to their Dominican counterparts at Las Calderas Naval Base, on the southwest coast of the Dominican Republic, from August 12 to 30, 2019.

The training was carried out within the framework of the EE Action Plan. US-Colombia (USCAP), a security cooperation agreement between the two countries, with the objective of improving the capabilities of the special forces of the Dominican Republic Navy to combat threats. Previously, the Naval War Command had provided training to commands of the Navy of the Dominican Republic, prior to the participation of COFEN.

COFEN instructed commands of the Navy of the Dominican Republic in the processes, techniques and procedures of drug operations. In addition, the instructors worked on movement techniques to make contact, real fire exercises, combat exercises, reconnaissance techniques, first aid, communications, planning and resource organization. The teams also conducted amphibious assault operations on the beach, with vehicles such as the Boston Whaler interceptors and Zodiac inflatable rafts.

“This training has been exceptional,” said Corvette Captain Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, chief of command of the Dominican Republic Navy. “I feel this training has been more valuable than any other USCAP instruction to date.”

COFEN’s training will be as a launching pad for the training of special operations of the Dominican Republic and other friendly nations in the future. As for the USCAP team, this special operations training represents a stimulus for capacity building in the region. Moreover, in the future there will be training sponsored by USCAP that will aim to improve the capabilities to combat threats in air, land and sea.

Special Forces Of The Colombian Navy Train Command Of The Dominican Republic Navy

Commands of the Dominican Republic Navy train in the water during a combat exercise, as part of the special operations training at the Naval Base Las Calderas, Dominican Republic. (Photo: U.S. Security Cooperation Office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

 

Source: Dialogo-Americas