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Argentina commemorates 113 years in Antarctica

Thursday, February 23rd 2017 - 08:02 UTC
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“Antarctica policy is one of the few State policies that continues despite time and different governments, and gives it sustainability”, said minister Julio Martínez “Antarctica policy is one of the few State policies that continues despite time and different governments, and gives it sustainability”, said minister Julio Martínez
Argentina has six Antarctic bases with year round activities: Orcadas, Marambio, Carlini (ex Jubany), Esperanza, San Martín and Belgrano II. Argentina has six Antarctic bases with year round activities: Orcadas, Marambio, Carlini (ex Jubany), Esperanza, San Martín and Belgrano II.
The Antarctic effort is relying on transports “Canal de Beagle” and “San Blas” and the recently acquired from Russia, “Puerto Argentino” and “Islas Malvinas” The Antarctic effort is relying on transports “Canal de Beagle” and “San Blas” and the recently acquired from Russia, “Puerto Argentino” and “Islas Malvinas”

Argentine Antarctica Day was commemorated on Wednesday February 22 with different events recalling the day, 113 years ago when the country's flag was first flown in a met station in Laurie Island, in the south Orkneys. Since then, 1904, Argentina's presence south of 60o. has been uninterrupted, said Argentine defense minister Julio Martínez at the main celebration in the Foreign Affairs ministry.

 “Antarctica policy is one of the few State policies that continues despite time and different governments, and gives it sustainability”, said the minister during the event next to Deputy foreign minister Pedro Villagra Delgado, Chiefs of Staff and Armed Forces commanders, whom he thanked for all the support during the current 2016/17 Antarctic Summer season.

“We're very grateful to all those who participate, scientists, foreign ministry officials, and particularly Armed Forces” said Martinez who praised them for having gone ahead with this summer's season with their own, scarce, resources.

Argentina has six Antarctic bases with year round activities: Orcadas, Marambio, Carlini (ex Jubany), Esperanza, San Martín and Belgrano II. Plus anothger seven stations, Brown, Matienzo, Primavera, Cámara, Melchior, Petrel and Decepción.

Military personnel, civilians, scientists, ships, aircrafts and helicopters are the logistics support behind the thirteen bases and stations which enables 300 Argentines to continue developing their research and operations during the long dark Antarctic winter.

During the current summer season 2016/17 an estimated 1.800 military and civilians are fully involved during the 130 days campaign, which includes supplying bases and stations with food, fuel, materials and equipment.

However despite all the display the Argentine Antarctic flagship, icebreaker Almirante Irizar, is still in the shipyard following extensive refurbishing to recover the vessel which was almost totally lost in a fire ten years ago. But despite its absence the Argentine forces, according to minister Martinez, appealed to their own limited polar resources and equipment to make up for missing main vessel.

In effect transport vessels “Canal de Beagle” and “San Blas” and avisos recently acquired from Russia, “Puerto Argentino” and “Islas Malvinas”, plus an Air Force Hercules C130, a Twin Otter and helicopters are being used to keep the bases supplied.

Apparently 200 tons of food plus 10.000 tons of Antarctic gasoil are being transported this season. However according to Logistics, Emergency and Cultural Performance Secretariat the campaign this season has a 100 million dollars appropriation, but will only be using US$ 72m, and the savings are to be invested in spares for aircraft and helicopters.

Categories: Politics, Antarctica, Argentina.

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  • The Voice

    Elizabeth Land! All those years of squatting and the Argies still haven't got a Post Office! Never mind they can always send their letter by using the British one!

    Feb 23rd, 2017 - 12:46 pm +2
  • Clyde15

    Australopithicus...“southern ape”

    Well, well, I see that it has not become extinct but one is alive and well and is posting on Mercopress.

    Feb 23rd, 2017 - 06:07 pm +1
  • Clyde15

    Lap Dog

    Your hemisphere ? Explain. So Argentina claims everything south of the equator.
    Delusions of grandeur again.

    A country in S.America,claims just about everything in the southern seas and Antarctica.
    Despite signing the Antarctic treaty forbidding military forces on the Continent Argentina establishes a permanent military base. “Duplicity is thy name”

    “Spain's sovereignty claim over parts of Antarctica was, according to Chile and Argentina, internationally recognized with the Inter caetera bull of 1493 and the Treaty of Tordesillas of 1494. Argentina and Chile treat these treaties as legal international treaties mediated by the Catholic Church that was at that time a recognized arbiter in such matters.”

    The Pope said Spain could have it so Argentina thinks that gives them sovereignty !

    What a load of garbage ! The USA are also sitting down there, Are they pirates ? The Russian federation and China are interested too. Your tiny obsessive mind can only see the UK because we stuffed you over the Falklands. Tough titty...get used to it.

    Britain was charting and exploring the southern oceans before your tin-pot country stole the land from it's indigenous inhabitants.

    By the way, which Troll reincarnation are you. Your phrases and use of language seem to come directly from “guidance for Trolls”

    Feb 25th, 2017 - 10:55 am +1
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