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Bolivian navy to have access to the Pacific for the first time in 130 years

Saturday, October 23rd 2010 - 04:17 UTC
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For the first time in more than 130 years, the Bolivian Navy will have access to the Pacific Ocean, after the heads of state of Bolivia and Peru signed an agreement to grant Bolivia access to the sea near the Peruvian port of Ilo. Read full article

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  • Hoytred

    So ... what's it been doing for 130 years ?

    Oct 23rd, 2010 - 05:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    Most navy's don't go far from shore, the french US and british navys are the only ones capable of sailing around the world while supplying ships with little trouble.

    Oct 23rd, 2010 - 11:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    Good for them!

    Oct 23rd, 2010 - 04:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    I thought-correct me if wrong- that Peru and Bolivia started the war by invading Chile, Chile then managed to trounce the pair of them and even had troops approaching Lima at one stage - so the aggressors lost - and thus have no right to whinge about lost territory to my way of thinking

    Oct 23rd, 2010 - 09:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    “Chile conquered and appropriated land from Bolivia and Peru.” Ø

    Oct 23rd, 2010 - 10:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hoytred

    Some people are very good at whinging about 'lost' territory islander!

    Oct 24th, 2010 - 03:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    Correct me if I'm wrong but don't you need to have a coastline in order to justify having a navy to defend your sovereignty? Not a 3 mile strip of land on loan from your neighbor.

    Oct 25th, 2010 - 02:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Wireless

    Maybe Bolivia has plans to take over some uninhabited islands, such as Isla de los Estados? Should make things interesting.

    Oct 27th, 2010 - 06:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    Think they used to mostly patrol Lake Titikaka. This deal effectively means that they qualify as a “green-water navy” rather than a “brown-water navy”, the only “blue water navies” (i.e. having an expeditionary capacity) are the ones that Zethee has listed, along with the Russians (the Kuznetsov carrier battlegroup, which is largely nuclear-powered)

    Oct 28th, 2010 - 12:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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