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MAYPORT, Fla. -- The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO) and U.S. 4th Fleet (C4F) returned to Mayport, Fla., July 13 after attending the Colombian Naval War College 2010 Sea Power Seminar in Colombia.

Rear Adm. Vic Guillory, COMUSNAVSO and C4F, spoke to nearly 500 war college students and many senior military and civilian officials from several Latin American countries on the second day of the conference.

The 2010 Sea Power Seminar is designed to examine the components of maritime power and the strategic importance from the standpoint of security, defense and national development.

Dr. Francisco Santos Calderón, vice president of Colombia; Colombian Adm. Guillermo Barrera Hurtado, commander, Colombian National Army; and Rear Adm. James Wisecup, president of the U.S. Naval War College; were among the principle speakers.

During his address, Guillory spoke about the shared values of the Americas and the international commerce and trade between the countries. He also spoke of the different lines of operations COMUSNAVSO conducts in the U.S. Southern Command's (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), to include counter-illicit trafficking, and deployments like Continuing Promise, Southern Partnership Station and Southern Seas.

Guillory also talked about the importance of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the USSOUTHCOM's AOR, and the role the U.S. Navy and their partner navies played during the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12.

"The Colombian Navy and the U.S. Navy are fortunate to enjoy a strong and productive partnership," said Guillory. "We continue to be committed to maritime security matters, to include counter-illicit trafficking and humanitarian and disaster relief response."

COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for USSOUTHCOM and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, including theater security cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations and counter-illicit trafficking operations.

From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs