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After Chile's independence, she quickly became the leading naval power in South America, But following a long period of peace this advantage was eroded. In 1865 Chile supported Peru in her war with Spain, After a Spanish Naval Squadron had Bombarded Valparaiso, It became evident that Chile needed a strong navy to protect her long Coastline, Under the President Errazuriz. Her Navy was re organised and re built and by the Time of her war with Peru (over territorial boundaries ) This war was mostly fought at sea, This was the first time that modern "Iron Clad " Battleships has been used,  During this war some small naval ship to ship engagements took place, including the Capture of the Peruvian Huascar Battleship and  the destruction of the Independance. The War was a total success for Chile and proved her naval superiority in South America 1870's and 1880.s   But over the next 20 years he position weakened and by the turn of the century  Chile was the last of the big three South American Countries (the others being Argentina and Brazil) to enter the Dreadnaught battleship race.  Its fleet strength during 1906 was  3 aging Battleships, six cruisers, and ten destroyers

BATTLESHIPS

Huascar Built 6th October 1865 Now a Floating Museum
Almirante Cochrane Launched 25th January 1874  Scrapped 1933
Capitan Prat Launched 20th December 1890 Scrapped 1936
 

The Crew of the Chilean Battleship Almirate Latorre (ex HMS Canada).  

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CRUISERS

Ex-US BROOKLYN class cruisers
O'Higgins 1951 Decomm 1992, foundered on way to breakers
Prat 1951 Decomm 1984, Broken up 1985
Ex-Swedish TRE KRONOR
Latorre 15.7.71 Deleted 1984, sold for scrap Aug 1986
 

The Chilean cruiser Blanco Encalada, c.1898

The Chilean cruiser Esmeralda, c.1898

The Chilean cruiser Blanco Encalada

The Chilean armoured cruiser Almirante O'Higgins being launched, 1897

Almirante O'Higgins Ready For Commission

 

Chilean cruiser Chacabuco in 1902.   Built at Elswick by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co she was bought by the Chilean government once she was completed. Rear Admiral Don Juan Simpson was on board as the representative for the coronation.

Displacement 4,500 tons , speed 22.5 knots.

The Chilean cruiser Chacabuco in 1902.

DESTROYERS

Ex-British COUNTY class destroyer
Prat 16.11.67 In service 1995
Cochrane 19.10.67 In service 1995
Latorre 9.7.64 In service 1995
Blanco Enclalada 9.7.64 In service 1995
Ex-US FLETCHER class destroyers
Blanco Encalada 1963 Deleted 1983
Cochrane 1963 Deleted 1983
ALMIRANTE class destroyer        Displacement: 2730t standard; 3300t full load           Armament: 4-4in/60, 6-40mm/70, 5-21in TT, 2 squid ASW mortars         Complement: 266 (17 officers)
Almirante Riveros 12.12.58 In service 1995

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Almirante Riveros, May 1962.

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Almirante Williams 5.5.58 In service 1995

19 Almirante Williams.

Image contributed by and copyright of Nicholas Newns.

Almirante Williams (FFG19) A Type 22 Frigate, formerly HMS Sheffield transferred to the Chilean navy in 1988.

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Almirante Williams, June 1960.

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Ex-US ALLEN M SUMNER class destroyers
Ministro Zenteno 8.1.74 Deleted 1990
Ministro Portales 8.1.74 Deleted 1990
Ex-US CHARLES LAWRENCE class destroyers escort
Orella 25.11.66 Deleted 1984
Riquelme 1.12.66 Deleted 1984
Serrano 25.11.66 Deleted 1984
Virgilio Uribe 1.12.66 TS 1995

FRIGATES

British LEANDER type frigates
Almirante Lynch 6.12.72 In service 1995

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Almirante Lynch, June 1974.

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Condell 12.6.72 In service 1995

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Condell, April 1974.

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Ministro Zenteno 21.11.68 In service 1995
General Baquedano 10.9.70 In service 1995

SUBMARINES

These were the first modern submarines acquired by Chile, They had been built for the Royal navy in Canadian yards, But to Compensate Chile for ships acquired by the British Admiralty  while ships were being built in the UK for Chile, at the outbreak of world war one.

 Guacolda  (Ex H13) Completed 1917 Ordered by the Royal navy and handed over to Chile as compensation for ships ordered b y Chile  being built in the UK which were kept by the British during the war. Transferred to Chile in 1917. Broken up 1949
 Tegualda)  (EX H16) Completed 1917 Ordered by the Royal navy and handed over to Chile as compensation for ships ordered b y Chile  being built in the UK which were kept by the British during the war.  Transferred to Chile 3rd July 1917. broken up 1945
 Rucumilla  (Ex R.N  H17) Completed 1917 Ordered by the Royal navy and handed over to Chile as compensation for ships ordered b y Chile  being built in the UK which were kept by the British during the war. Handed over to Chile at New London 4th July 1917. arriving in Chile on the 18th July 1918. On the 2nd July 1920  the sub sank while maneuvering in the bay of Talcahuano, In a rescue maneuver which was being watched by the worlds navies. This extraordinary task was being watched by the worlds navies. it was re-floated with the help of salvage cranes and underwater divers, without any  loss of life. and the entire crew were rescued.  Rucumilla was decommissioned and sold on the 29th December 1945
 Quidora ( EX R.N H18) Completed 1917 Ordered by the Royal navy and handed over to Chile as compensation for ships ordered b y Chile  being built in the UK which were kept by the British during the war.  Transferred to Chile on 3 July 1917. Broken up 1945
 Fresia (  Ex R.N H19 ) Completed 1917 Ordered by the Royal navy and handed over to Chile as compensation for ships ordered b y Chile  being built in the UK which were kept by the British during the war. Transferred to Chile on 3 July 1917. Broken up 1953
Ex-US BALAO class submarines
Simpson 1962 Deleted 1982
Thomson 23.1.61 Reduced to a training hulk 1970
British OBERON class submarines
Hyatt 26.9.73 In service 1995
O'Brien 21.12.72 In service 1995
THOMSON class (209 type 1300) submarines            Displacement: 1285t surfaced; 1390t submerged             Armament: 8-533 TT, (bow, 14 AEG SUT torpedoes) Complement: 31 (5 officers)
Thomson 28.10.82 In service 1995
Simpson 29.7.83 In service 1995

  4TH OF JULY IS REMEMBERED AS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHILEAN NAVY SUBMARINE COMMAND. A CEREMONY IS HELD IN TALCAHUANO

The launch of the Chilean submarine Capitan O'Brien in 1929.

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SAIL TRAINING SHIP

BE43 Esmeralda at Malta, August 1999.

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Sail training ship.  Formerly Spanish.

Displacement: 3,754 tons full load Dimensions: 109.8 x 13.1 x 7 metres. Speed: Sail; 1 diesel, 1 shaft, 1400 bhp giving a speed of 11 knots Complement: 217 plus 80 cadets 

BE43 Esmeralda at Malta, August 1999.

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BE43 Esmeralda at Malta, August 1999.

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BE43 Esmeralda at Malta, August 1999.

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BE43 Esmeralda at Malta, August 1999.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD1136

BE43 Esmeralda at Malta, August 1999.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD1137

 

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