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Building up: Maritime Security & Surveillance top priority for Latin American Navies.

Joint operations. The Spanish frigate SPS Santa Maria , top, the Brazilian frigate Rademaker, center, and the Argentine destroyer Almirante Brown

Latin American countries face tough choices as drug trafficking, illegal immigration and the threat of attacks on newly found natural resources make new demands on maritime security needs.

Top maritime and naval commanders from the region will gather at the second Maritime Surveillance Latin America conference Oct. 18-20 in Miami. The conference is organized by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement.

Key admirals and sea captains from Ecuador, Peru and Chile are among speakers confirmed to attend.

Brazil started building up its naval forces as part of a military…READ MORE HERE.