Venezuelan Armed Forces launch military drills to bolster nation’s defenses

Over 545,000 personnel will take part in more than 76 exercises, he said, adding that the nationwide drills unite civilian, military and police forces "to combat all present threats."

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Chief of Staff of the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) Admiral Remigio Ceballos on Friday, March 5th, launched military exercises to bolster Venezuela's defenses.

The drills were intended to pay tribute to former President Hugo Chavez on the eighth anniversary of his death on March 5, 2013.

"We are kicking off the 'Supreme Commander Hugo Chavez Frias 2021' Bolivarian Shield Exercises to guarantee the comprehensive defense of the nation," said Ceballos, flanked by members of the military, in a message broadcast via state-run television.

Over 545,000 personnel . . .

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