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''Armada de Chile''
Coat of arms of the Chilean Navy
4 amphibious warfare ship
7 fast attack craft
8 patrol boat
39 auxiliary ship
|Motto(s)||Vencer o Morir
("Conquer or Die")
|Anniversaries||21 May, Día de las Glorias Navales (Navy Day)|
|Engagements||Chilean War of Independence (1810–1826)
Peruvian War of Independence (1811–1824)
War of the Confederation (1836–1839)
Chincha Islands War (1864–1866)
War of the Pacific (1879–1883)
Chilean Civil War (1891)
|Edmundo González Robles|
|Lord Thomas Cochrane
Manuel Blanco Encalada
Juan José Latorre
Juan Williams Rebolledo
|Roundel of Naval Aviation|
The Chilean Navy is the naval section of the Chilean Armed Forces.
- See also: Maritime history of Chile
The origins of the Chilean Navy date back to 1817, when General Bernardo O'Higgins prophetically declared after the Chilean victory at the Battle of Chacabuco that a hundred such victories would count for nothing if Chile did not gain control of the sea.
This led to the development of the Chilean Navy, and the first legal resolutions outlining the organization of the institution were created.
The Chilean Marines or (Infanteria de Marina de Chile) are the land/amphibious attack force of the Chilean Navy. The 5,000 man force combines special training and tactics with state-of-the-art equipment.
The 25,000-person navy, including 5,200 Marines, is directed by Admiral Enrique Larrañaga Martin as of 2013. Of the fleet of sixty-six surface vessels (soon to be increased to seventy-four), twenty-one are major combatant ships based in Valparaíso. The navy operates its own aircraft for transport and patrol; there are no fighter or bomber aircraft. The Navy also operates four submarines and a tender ship to support them, all based in Talcahuano.
The Chilean Navy is generally considered to be among the most capable and professional in the Americas, considered by specialists the fourth most capable navy in the Americas, behind Canadian, Brazilian and American navies, and is heavily aligned with significant naval powers such as the British Royal Navy.
|Type 209 - 1400L submarine||SS-20 Thomson
|Germany||Submarine||Updated in 2009 in ASMAR, among the improvements include the ability to launch Exocet missiles and the French combat management system SUBTICS.|
|Scorpène-class submarine||SS-23 O'Higgins
|Type 23 frigate||Almirante Cochrane
|United Kingdom||Anti-submarine warfare|
|Type 22 frigate||Almirante Williams
|United Kingdom||General Purpose||Modernized in Talcahuano by ASMAR. Addition of an OTO Melara 76 mm gun, SAM Barak VL and SSM Harpoon.|
|M-class frigate||Almirante Blanco Encalada
(ex-Abraham van der Hulst)
|L-class frigate||Almirante Latorre
(ex-Jacob van Heemskerck)
(ex-Witte de With)
Fast attack craft
|Fast attack craft|
|Sa'ar 4-class missile boat||(LM-32) Chipana
|Israel||Missile boat||Northern Command|
|Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler||AO-52 Almirante Montt
(ex-Andrew J. Higgins)
|United States||Underway replenishment|
|Araucano||AO-53 Araucano||Sweden||Underway replenishment|
|Foudre class||LSDH-91 Sargento Aldea
|France||Landing platform dock|
|Patrulleros de Zona Marítima PZM||(OPV-81) Piloto Pardo
(OPV-82) Comandante Toro
(OPV-83) Marinero Fuentealba
(OPV-84) Cabo Odger.
|Patrullero Clase "Taitao"||(PSG-71) Micalvi
(PMD-74) Cirujano Videla
|Grumete-class patrol boats||(LPC-1814) Díaz
- Military of Chile
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