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The USS George Washington steams off the coast of Chile Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in preparation for the UNITAS 2015 exercise. UNITAS, the U.S. Navy's longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. This 56th iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS Pacific, hosted by Chile through Oct. 24, and UNITAS Atlantic, hosted by Brazil and scheduled for November.

The USS George Washington steams off the coast of Chile Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in preparation for the UNITAS 2015 exercise. UNITAS, the U.S. Navy's longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. This 56th iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS Pacific, hosted by Chile through Oct. 24, and UNITAS Atlantic, hosted by Brazil and scheduled for November. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

The USS George Washington steams off the coast of Chile Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in preparation for the UNITAS 2015 exercise. UNITAS, the U.S. Navy's longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. This 56th iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS Pacific, hosted by Chile through Oct. 24, and UNITAS Atlantic, hosted by Brazil and scheduled for November.

The USS George Washington steams off the coast of Chile Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in preparation for the UNITAS 2015 exercise. UNITAS, the U.S. Navy's longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. This 56th iteration of UNITAS is conducted in two phases: UNITAS Pacific, hosted by Chile through Oct. 24, and UNITAS Atlantic, hosted by Brazil and scheduled for November. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

The USS George Washington steams off the coast of Chile Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in preparation for the UNITAS 2015 exercise. The first phase of UNITAS runs through Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, and involves 11 nations: the U.S., Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, South Africa and Australia.

The USS George Washington steams off the coast of Chile Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in preparation for the UNITAS 2015 exercise. The first phase of UNITAS runs through Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, and involves 11 nations: the U.S., Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, South Africa and Australia. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

The Chilean navy warship RMS Williams steams off the coast of Chile Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in preparation for a UNITAS 2015 exercise. UNITAS, the U.S. Navy's longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet.

The Chilean navy warship RMS Williams steams off the coast of Chile Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in preparation for a UNITAS 2015 exercise. UNITAS, the U.S. Navy's longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise, is part of the Southern Seas deployment planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

Airman Whitney Saxbery signals to the pilot of an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Blue Hawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, during UNITAS 2015 off the coast of Chile.

Airman Whitney Saxbery signals to the pilot of an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Blue Hawks of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, during UNITAS 2015 off the coast of Chile. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Archer reviews his photos during a UNITAS 2015 photo exercise Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, while riding in a helicopter above the Pacific Ocean off the Chilean coast.

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Archer reviews his photos during a UNITAS 2015 photo exercise Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, while riding in a helicopter above the Pacific Ocean off the Chilean coast. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

Cmdr. Dennis Duffy relieves Cmdr. Brett Lassen as commander of the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron 192 as they fly over the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington in F/A-18E Super Hornets during a change-of-command ceremony Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.

Cmdr. Dennis Duffy relieves Cmdr. Brett Lassen as commander of the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron 192 as they fly over the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington in F/A-18E Super Hornets during a change-of-command ceremony Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington and Carrier Strike Group 9 will be in Latin American waters through December for UNITAS 2015, the Navy’s longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise.

The first phase of UNITAS — hosted by Chile and now underway in the Pacific — runs through Saturday and involves 11 nations: the U.S., Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, South Africa and Australia, a Navy statement said.

The second phase, to be hosted by Brazil in November, will take place in the Atlantic with nine participating countries: the U.S., Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Senegal.

“The purpose of the annual UNITAS exercise is to develop and sustain relationships that improve the capacity of both U.S. forces and partner nation maritime forces,” Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, said in the statement. “Carrier Strike Group 9 and USS George Washington’s participation in this year’s exercise makes it one of the largest UNITAS exercises in recent memory.”

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