USSOUTHCOM Eyeing Future Multinational Maritime Task Force

US Military leaders say they are inching closer to launching a new, multinational maritime task force in Central and South America. Over the past five hurricane seasons, approximately June through November, the Pentagon has deployed a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) to Central America to train local forces...

US Military leaders say they are inching closer to launching a new, multinational maritime task force in Central and South America.

Over the past five hurricane seasons, approximately June through November, the Pentagon has deployed a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) to Central America to train local forces and help with potential disaster relief efforts. There, the 300 marines and sailors work alongside military personal from around South America, and the department is seeking to strengthen these partnerships to build a formal multinational maritime task force in the region.

While the US Military did not provide specifics of what such a task force would look like or what assets would be required, it said part of the plan involves partnering with additional foreign partners and placing them in leadership positions.

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