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    Peruvian Armed Forces leaders attend PALS to discuss amphibious logistics

    Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium Topic IV: Logistics Delivery Systems

    Photo By Sgt. Jonathan LopezCruet | U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Armando Daviu, center left, U.S. Marine Corps personnel...... read more read more

    HONOLULU , HI, UNITED STATES

    05.23.2018

    Story by Lance Cpl. Adam Montera 

    U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

    HONOLULU - Representatives from the Peruvian Armed Forces gathered along with members of 22 other militaries for the Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium, or PALS, to discuss strengthening interoperability and exchange ideas on amphibious operations in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 23, 2018.

    During the symposium, military leaders work to build relationships, exchange knowledge and ideas, and promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

    “I think during this symposium there are two major benefits, first the ability to learn from the naval forces that have great experience in amphibious operations, and we’ve seen it through various discussions,” said Vice Adm. Fernando Cerdan, commanding general, Pacific Operations, Peruvian Navy. “The next benefit is the possibility of physical exchange between the principal leaders of different forces. During these days we’ve embossed future actions with different naval forces, specifically with the U.S. Marine Corps, with who in a few months we will be producing several amphibious activities of mutual benefits.”

    PALS is designed to bring together senior leaders of allied and partner militaries, with interest in the stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region, so that they can hone their amphibious capabilities in a wide range of military operations, and discus important topics such as crisis response, interoperability and logistics.

    Cerdan spoke about the importance of logistics and crisis response.
    “In Peru we’ve had several activities that demonstrated the importance logistics has. During the first few months of the year we had the natural disaster of El Niño. We had to mobilize all our military forces, the navy, army, air force and other departments of the state to assist the population.”

    U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific talked about how events like PALS help prepare militaries for problems in the future.

    “These [events] allow us to talk through things ahead of time before a crisis, before a typhoon, a natural disaster, so that we can be better prepared when we do show up,” said Berger.

    Cerdan agreed and also spoke to the fact that this was an opportunity to talk with other countries to share effective ways of dealing with these problems

    “This symposium is the most relevant type of event for amphibious operations which could help us to learn from lessons learned,” Cerdan said. “The benefits, we see them especially in the first days of the conference, [are] the possibility to be able to share experiences and see activities between our countries. The world is becoming a more complex environment with many variables and amphibious forces they have to be able to shape themselves to be able to deal with these different issues.”

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    Date Taken: 05.23.2018
    Date Posted: 05.23.2018 23:00
    Story ID: 278193
    Location: HONOLULU , HI, US 

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