Multinational Training in Chile

Multinational Training in Chile

By Dialogo
January 01, 2010

A good exercise. It shows the strength of Chile. It would be convenient if we could see more images regarding the operations and teams used in the development of such. I say it as a Chilean with a big heart and proud of what he has, as a human and as a physicist-technologist. I would appreciate knowing where to get such images. If there are any. Two international military exercises took place in Chile in 2009: Salitre and Southern Star. Salitre 2009, hosted by the Chilean Air Force, or FACh, helped build cooperative capability to respond to humanitarian crises and promote regional security. It was held Oct. 19-30 at the Cerro Moreno Air Base in Antofagasta, northern Chile. The exercise involved 60 airplanes and 400 participants from the United States, Brazil, Argentina and France, while Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico and Bolivia were observer countries. The Salitre 2009 scenario was based on a fictitious country (Tarapacá and its capital, Iquique) that invaded the Antofagasta region. During the exercise, five air forces simulated participation in a multinational peacekeeping operation to pressure Tarapacá to comply with international treaties. “We are going to show the FACh capacity to operate with allied air forces,” Chilean Air General Ricardo Ortega told the Military Forces Channel. “Antofagasta is at war with Iquique: The war is fictitious; the training is real,” he said. The first goal was to stop military action against civilians, and the second was to provide humanitarian assistance to the population. The entire scenario tested two major arenas: air operations, and command and control. FACh has had four Salitre exercises. In 2000 and 2002, it was a national exercise with U.S. involvement, and in 2004, four countries participated. Southern Star 2009 is an annual multinational training exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command. It was held Oct. 18-31 and involved special operations forces from Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, the United States and Chile. The scenario painted a picture of insurgent control, oppression of the population, kidnappings, turmoil and death for the people of the fictitious Republic of Morado. Multinational stabilization forces were unable to control the insurgent attacks and requested assistance from the United Nations. The purpose of the exercise was to build participating nations’ capabilities to function as a multinational force and increase their ability to deal with transnational threats. This was the third and largest year for Southern Star, with nearly 850 participants. Each country’s military sent a selection of special operations forces and support specialists from their army, navy, air force and marine components. The multinational force conducted missions such as reconnaissance, direct action, combat search and rescue, maritime interdiction, hostage rescue and medical evacuation. The training was on the ground, in the air and at sea. “This was a great opportunity for everyone to see how important it is to work together,” said Chilean Air Force Maj. Claudio Alcázar Sichel. “On the MIO [Maritime Interdiction Operation], we had Air Force snipers in Army helicopters while Marines were seizing the enemy’s boat.” Chilean Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command South
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