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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

Almirante Cochrane Class central battery ships.

Almirante Cochrane Launched 25th January 1874  Scrapped 1933

Almirante Cochrane.

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Valparaiso 1875 Renamed Blanco Encalada c.1890. Sunk 23rd April 1891.

Blanco Encalada - ex Valparaiso, c.1890.

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Huascar Built 6th October 1865 Now a Floating Museum

Huascar, flying the Chilean flag after capture from Peru.

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Capitan Prat Launched 20th December 1890 Scrapped 1936

Almirante Latorre Class

Almirante Latorre 17th November 1913 Purchased by Royal Navy as HMS Canada until being sold to Chile in 1920. Sold 1959.

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

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Almirante Latorre, in dock, 1934.

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CRUISERS

 
Abtao 1865 Unknown
 
Esmeralda 6th June 1883 Sold to Japan, 15th November 1894.
Presidente Errazuriz Class
Presidente Errazuriz 21st June 1890 Discarded c.1920.
Presidente Pinto 4th September 1890 Discarded c.1910.

President Pinto, 1892.

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Blanco Encalada 9th September 1893 Discarded 1946.

The Chilean cruiser Blanco Encalada, c.1898

The Chilean cruiser Blanco Encalada

 
Ministro Zenteno 1st February 1896 Discarded 1931.
 
Esmeralda 14th April 1894 Discarded 1929.

Esmeralda, 1884.

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The Chilean cruiser Esmeralda, c.1898

Esmeralda.

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O'Higgins 17th May 1897 Discarded 1946

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

Almirante O'Higgins Ready For Commission

 

 
Chacabuco 4th April 1898 Discarded 1952.

Chacabuco, 1898.

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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.

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 15th July 1971 Deleted 1984, sold for scrap Aug 1986

DESTROYERS

Almirante Lynch Class
Almirante Lynch 1912 Stricken 1945
Almirante Condell 1913 Stricken 1944

Almirante Condell, in dock, 1914.

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Almirante Williams Class
Almirante Williams (ex HMS Botha) 2nd December 1914 Stricken 1933
Almirante Uribe (ex HMS Broke) 25th May 1914 Stricken 1933
Almirante Riveros (ex HMS Faulknor) 26th February 1914 Stricken 1933
Serrano Class
Aldea 29th November 1928 Discarded 1957
Hyatt 21st July 1928 Discarded 1963
Orella 8th March 1928 Discarded 1967

Orella, 1929.

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Riquelme 28th May 1928 Discarded 1963

Riquelme.

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Serrano 25th January 1928 Discarded 1967

Serrano, 1929.

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Videla 16th October 1928 Discarded 1960
Ex-British COUNTY class destroyer
Prat 16th November 1967 In service 1995
Cochrane 19th October 1967 In service 1995
Latorre 9th July 1964 In service 1995
Blanco Enclalada 9th July 1964 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 12th December 1958 In service 1995

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Almirante Riveros, May 1962.

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Almirante Riveros, April 1973.

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Almirante Williams 5th May 1958 In service 1995

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Almirante Williams, June 1960.

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Ex-US ALLEN M SUMNER class destroyers
Ministro Zenteno 8th January 1974 Deleted 1990
Ministro Portales 8th January 1974 Deleted 1990
Ex-US CHARLES LAWRENCE class destroyers escort
Orella 25th November 1966 Deleted 1984
Riquelme 1st December 1966 Deleted 1984
Serrano 25th November 1966 Deleted 1984
Virgilio Uribe 1st December 1966 TS 1995

FRIGATES

British LEANDER type frigates
Almirante Lynch 6th December 1972 In service 1995

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Almirante Lynch, June 1974.

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Almirante Lynch, June 1974.

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Condell 12th June 1972 In service 1995

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Condell, April 1974.

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Condell, July 1973.

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Ministro Zenteno 21st November 1968 In service 1995
General Baquedano 10th September 1970 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
Capitan O'Brien Class
Almirante Simpson 15th January 1929 Discarded 1957

Almirante Simpson, 1930.

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Capitan O'Brien 2nd October 1928 Discarded 1957

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

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Capitan Thompson 15th January 1929 Discarded 1958
Ex-US BALAO class submarines
Simpson 1962 Deleted 1982
Thomson 23rd January 1961 Reduced to a training hulk 1970
British OBERON class submarines
Hyatt 26th September 1973 In service 1995

Hyatt, September 1976.

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O'Brien 21st December 1972 In service 1995

O'Brien, April 1974.

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O'Brien, July 1974.

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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 28th October 1982 In service 1995
Simpson 29th July 1983 In service 1995

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

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.

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BE43 Esmeralda at Malta, August 1999.

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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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