Approximately 50 United States Marines, together with members of the Peruvian armed forces, National Police, and firefighters, carried out a large joint disaster response and humanitarian assistance exercise and simulation that included the deployment of the USS Somerset (LPD 25) and BAP Pisco vessels along “Agua Dulce” beach in Chorrillos, on the Costa Verde in Lima.
The public was able to observe the exercise and joint simulation. Operations took place with efficiency and coordination to deploy equipment and personnel to respond to a natural disaster, provide medical care in the field, improve interoperability between Peru and the United States, and develop capacity for rapid response in case of crisis, humanitarian or natural disasters.
U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires Mark Wells remarked, “These joint rapid response exercises to natural disasters are a part of the close and continuous cooperation between Peru and the United States. They seek to improve interoperability, preparedness and response capacity in case of humanitarian crises or natural disasters.”
Since 2006, the U.S. Department of Defense Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program has invested more than $44 million in 277 projects throughout Peru for the prevention and management of emergencies. These projects include the construction of Regional Emergency Operations Centers (COER) in 15 regions of Peru. Four more large-scale complexes are currently under construction for humanitarian assistance and disaster response. A few weeks
ago, the third visit of the hospital ship USNS Comfort to Peru provided medical care during the first five days of November in the port of Paita, Piura, to more than 6,000 patients.
The United States allocated more than $ 8.3 million in Peru to support the humanitarian response to the heavy rains and floods of the 2017 “El Niño Costero,” and provided ten helicopters and two C-130 “Hercules” transport aircraft to support search and rescue missions and humanitarian airlift for supplies.