Keeping the Panama Canal secure was the focus of more than 3,500 civil and military personnel from 17 countries participating in PANAMAX 2011, a 12-day multinational exercise held in August 2011. This is one of the largest multinational training exercises in the world, so clear and reliable communications – despite differences in data network specifications – is key to the success of such operations. KVH was proud to be part of PANAMAX this year when COMUSNAVSO (Commander, Allied Naval Forces, South) purchased numerous KVH TracPhone V3 and V7 communications systems with global mini-VSAT Broadband service, several of which were used to support PANAMAX coalition operations.
This follows the lead set by the U.S. Navy and the Multinational Counter-Piracy Task Force operating in the Somali Basin, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, which purchased TracPhone V7 units to provide affordable high-speed Internet and voice connections for allied naval vessels in the Coalition. E-mail in particular has proven to be a valuable tool to ensure that communications among multinational task forces are clearly understood. A big plus has been that the mini-VSAT Broadband service can handle the high data demands of CENTRIX, the military encryption used by the U.S. and our allies. During PANAMAX, one of KVH’s portable TracPhone V3 mobile satellite communications antennas with mini-VSAT Broadband service was used on an Ecuadorian frigate. The U.S. Coast Guard, which also participated in PANAMAX, continues the deployment of 200+ TracPhone V7s with mini-VSAT Broadband service on vessels of various sizes.