Monday, November 14, 2011

BAE El Oro (CM 14)

The Ecuadorian corvette BAE El Oro (CM 14) sits pier side in Panama City, Panama before beginning at sea exercises during PANAMAX 2005. PANAMAX is a training exercise in defense of the Panama Canal involving 15 countries. The Panama Canal is critical to the free flow of trade and goods in the Western Hemisphere and the entire world. The region's economy and stability largely depend on the safe transport of several hundred million tons of cargo that transit through the canal every year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Rick Sforza)

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