Chile, US to Conduct Submarine Rescue Exercise

Chile, US to Conduct Submarine Rescue Exercise

By Dialogo
October 31, 2011

The United States and Chilean navies will conduct CHILEMAR III, a bilateral exercise designed to demonstrate interoperability between the U.S. submarine rescue system and Chilean submarines from November 2-3. The exercise will take place off the coast of San Diego, California.

Chilean submarine CS Carrera and the U.S. Navy’s Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) will practice a rescue scenario in which the DSU’s submarine rescue diving and recompression chamber will mate with Carrera for a transfer of personnel from the simulated distressed submarine to the rescue vessel.

CHILEMAR III will be the third exercise of its kind between the U.S. and Chile. The previous one took place in October 2010, with the participation of Chilean submarine CS Thomson.

“CHILEMAR III is an illustration of the continuing cooperation between the United States and Chile,” said Cmdr. Dave Lemly, commanding officer of DSU. “Conducting exercises like CHILEMAR fosters more than safety and interoperability – it promotes greater understanding and commitment to stability and peace through enhancing regional cooperation.”

The ability to work together on such a technical exercise allows both nations to prepare for the unlikely event of an actual submarine emergency.