June 10, 2021 (Google Translation) – During the day of Wednesday, June 9, the ATF-67 “Lautaro” returned to its base port, a unit that successfully concluded the last logistical support operations to the bases of our country located in the Chilean Antarctic Territory, ending a Extensive period of tasks carried out by surface and air units, dependent on the Third Naval Zone and which began on November 10, 2020.
Thus, during these 7 months, 65 containers with equipment and supplies were transported, while more than 240 tons of garbage were removed in accordance with the international protocols signed. 511 passengers were also transported and support was given to 14 bases in terms of personnel transfer, both national and friendly countries, maintaining navigation aid signs in harsh weather conditions and providing assistance to different scientific expeditions.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Third Naval Zone, Rear Admiral Leonardo Chávez, commented that “this extensive operation, within the framework of the global pandemic by Covid-19, allowed men and women of the Chilean Navy to once again demonstrate their commitment, courage, professionalism and loyalty at the service of the country, in one of the most inhospitable places in the world ”.
He also added that “the work of our Institution allows it to fulfill the Mission Areas of ‘Contribution to National Development and State Action’, as well as’ International Cooperation and Support for Foreign Policy ‘and’ Security and Territorial Interests’, counting on various tests and challenges, writing new pages in the long history of the presence of the Navy in the Antarctic Continent ”.
Thus, Chile maintains its operations in the “White Continent”, constantly monitoring national bases and looking at future projections across the sea and what will be the next Antarctic Campaign 2021-2022 in the prelude to the 75 years of the Inauguration from the Antarctic Naval Base “Arturo Prat.”