Operation Martillo: Chilean oiler Almirante Montt concludes deployment
By Dialogo August 10, 2012
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean navy oil tanker Almirante Montt recently wrapped up its deployment to Central American waters, where it participated in the successful international anti-trafficking multinational effort Operation Martillo, local media reported.
Operation Martillo is an international operation that gathers Latin American, Western Hemisphere and European nations and the United States in an effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus.
“We participated with the Navy of the United States and with other states that have shoreline, for the control of drug trafficking,” said Capt. Javier Erazo Wiegand, commander of the Almirante Montt. “This ship provided important logistical support to units of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard so they could continue operating and stay on station longer [without having to port].”
The professionalism and efficiency of the “Almirante Montt” and its crew was recognized by partner nations participating in Operation Martillo, Erazo Wiegand said.
“At a debriefing we were told that thanks to the Chilean Navy, and particularly this ship, in the same period compared with the year prior, a 40% increase in seizures was achieved, which is very important because we’re talking about nearly 2,000 kilograms (4409 pounds) more,” he said.