MAYPORT, Fla., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. and Colombian navies have conducted anti-submarine warfare exercises off the coast of Florida under the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative.
The Navy Newsstand reported from Mayport, Fla., that earlier this month Colombian Armada submarine A.R.C. Tayrona completed joint training under the DESI program with several U.S. Navy warships.
The DESI program was established in 2001. DESI allows U.S. Navy warships to train with several South American navies that use those types of submarines in order provide tactical training in anti-submarine warfare.
The United States only uses nuclear-powered submarines. The bilateral goal is to support fleet training and tactical development.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command commander Rear Adm. James W. Stevenson said, "Being able to train with Tayrona gives us the opportunity to improve our skills in sub-surface detection."
The U.S. and Colombian navies have a long history of collaboration dating back to the Korean War, when several Colombian warships supported United Nations' maritime police efforts.