Chilean Navy – Auxiliaries and Other Ships

Auxiliaries and Other Ships

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Merino (1997) LOA 303′ / 92.4 m TDISP 2,600 tons formerly Swedish Navy Alvsborg minelayer (1971-1995) converted into a support and submarine depot ship.

Älvborg M-02 during her Swedish service, EX BALTOPS 1993. After her transfer to Chile, even the disruptive camouflage appears to have been retained. Cmdr. Nathan Jones / Public domain
Merino Talcahuano 2017
Note the 3 Bofors 40mm gun positions (two forward and one aft of funnel), are now empty.

Merino Talcahuano 2011

Aquiles AP-41 (1988) Transport LOA 338′ / 103 m TDISP 4,500 tons

Aquiles AP-41, 2008 Credit: SSBN / CC BY-SA

Aquiles Valparaiso 2017

Henry J. Kaiser class Fleet Oiler LOA 677′ / 206.4 m TDISP 40,000 tons

Almirante Montt (2010) formerly USNS Andrew J. Higgins T-AO-190 (1987-2009)Almirante Montt Valparaiso 2018

Araucano AO-53 (1967-2010) LOA 530′ / 161.5 m TDISP 17,000 tons

Araucano AO-53 refueling USN ships during Exercise UNITAS XXXI, 1990. NARA 330-CFD-DN-ST-91-06253 (PH1 Flynn)
Araucano AO-53 Valparaiso 2009

Sail Training Ships

Juan Sebastián de Elcano class (Spanish design)

Esmeralda BE-43 (1954) LOA 371′ / 113.1 m TDISP 3,700 tons

Esmeralda in Charlottetown PEI, Canada in July 2017. Credit:
Esmeralda’s bridge looking aft, visit to Charlottetown PEI, Canada in July 2017. Credit:

Esmeralda Sail Valparaiso 2017

Esmeralda entering Charlottetown Harbour, PEI, Canada, July 2017. Credit:

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