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Argentina and Chile navies in confidence building exercises in Beagle Channel

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 06:51 UTC
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The exercise identified as “Viekaren” are held annually since both countries put an end to the dispute over Beagle waters and islands The exercise identified as “Viekaren” are held annually since both countries put an end to the dispute over Beagle waters and islands
The joint command making the announcement of this year's edition from Puerto Williams (Pic LPA) The joint command making the announcement of this year's edition from Puerto Williams (Pic LPA)

Argentina and Chile announced on Monday the launching of the annual naval exercise known as “Viekaren” (confidence in Yamana language) in the extreme south of the continent where the two countries territorial waters meet.

 The purpose of the five-day exercise is to coordinate efforts between the two navies in the event of an emergency in the Beagle Channel area, particularly search and rescue operations, combating possible contamination outbreaks and overall confidence building between the two navies.

The activities are under the command and coordination of Chile's Beagle naval district, headed by Captain Jorge Montenegro Lopez and by the head of Argentina' Austral naval area chief of staff, Captain Walter Ernesto Dona.

”Eight naval units plus two air naval supports operating from Puerto Williams (Chile) and Ushuaia (Argentina) plus 300 men from both countries will be involved in the rescue simulation of a vessel in distress“, said Captain Dona.

”Given the repeat of foreign yacht rescues in the area of our responsibility, on this new chapter of operations we are targeting more complex activities combined with divers for emergencies underwater, as well as barriers for contention of possible spills in the high seas“, said Chilean navy Captain Ismael Guzman.

The ”Viekaren” which were launched on Monday in Puerto Williams (Chile), will last until Saturday 30 August and end operations in Ushuaia when the combined command will be giving a press conference on the results of the fourteenth annual exercise.

Argentina and Chile on several occasions were on the edge of an armed conflict over the Beagle channel and Beagle islands, but following mediation from the Vatican and democratic governments in both countries, the dispute was overcome and in merit to that every year these annual confidence building exercises are performed.

Categories: Politics, Argentina, Chile.

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  • Captain Poppy

    A “confidence” buidling exercise....for who the Argentines? What was it........how long can their vessels stay afloat out of their berths?

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 09:18 am 0
  • golfcronie

    Look more like pleasure craft than naval vessels

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 10:12 am 0
  • Bombadier Spoon

    I can imagine this confidence exercise being like my little'uns swimming lesson. The Chilean navy stood there with long poles in case they sink. I used to laugh at a RN friend of mine because he said he was a terrible swimmer. I bet its bloody impartive for anyone joining the Argentine navy.

    They should cut there losers and start from scrap. Build a fleet in which they can afford and maintain. I suggest one of these......

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Banzai-Ahoy-Matey-Pirate-Ship-Pool-Raft-Float/19863322

    Its more reliable than any ship they currently have. It actually floats. Requires minimal training. It can be transported a round the globe easily as reactionary force to unforeseen future conflicts.

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 11:30 am 0
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