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U.S. and Chile: Strengthening Ties, Celebrating Independence

28 September 2023

From Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Smith Commander, Submarine Squadron 11

SAN DIEGO - Chilean Sailors assigned to the submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) hosted a Chilean Independence Day ceremony with Commander, Submarine Squadron (CSS) 11 on board Naval Base Point Loma (NBPL), California, Sept. 18.
Cmdr. Sven Barckhahn Anker, left, commanding officer of the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22), speaks during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony on board Naval Base Point Loma as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passes by Sept. 18.
230918-N-SS900-1011 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2023) Cmdr. Sven Barckhahn Anker, left, commanding officer of the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22), speaks during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony on board Naval Base Point Loma as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passes by Sept. 18. Carrera is deployed to San Diego as part of the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) program. DESI was established in 2001 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and partners with South American submarine-operating navies as they participate in fleet readiness exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron T. Smith)
Cmdr. Sven Barckhahn Anker, left, commanding officer of the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22), speaks during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony on board Naval Base Point Loma as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passes by Sept. 18.
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230918-N-SS900-1011 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2023) Cmdr. Sven Barckhahn Anker, left, commanding officer of the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22), speaks during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony on board Naval Base Point Loma as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passes by Sept. 18. Carrera is deployed to San Diego as part of the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) program. DESI was established in 2001 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and partners with South American submarine-operating navies as they participate in fleet readiness exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron T. Smith)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Smith
VIRIN: 230918-N-SS900-1011


Every year, Chile traditionally observes Fiestas Patrias, marking when the first Chilean government declared independence from Spain, Sept. 18, 1810.

Through demonstrations of their culture by their music and food, the Carrera crew shared their celebration with the U.S. Navy service members. Since the Carrera’s arrival at NBPL, Ensign Cristobal Lerdón, a Chilean submariner, noticed many similarities between the two navies.

“It’s always the respect, being almost the same, that we treat people in a good way,” said Lerdón. “It’s important for both our countries and the relationships, but we understand each other. Our families we left behind understand the importance and how we deploy to other countries, and all of us share that experience.”

Sailors assigned to the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) exchange a salute during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony held on board Naval Base Point Loma, Sept. 18.
230918-N-SS900-1001 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2023) Sailors assigned to the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) exchange a salute during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony held on board Naval Base Point Loma, Sept. 18. Carrera is deployed to San Diego as part of the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) program. DESI was established in 2001 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and partners with South American submarine-operating navies as they participate in fleet readiness exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron T. Smith)
Sailors assigned to the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) exchange a salute during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony held on board Naval Base Point Loma, Sept. 18.
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230918-N-SS900-1001 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2023) Sailors assigned to the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) exchange a salute during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony held on board Naval Base Point Loma, Sept. 18. Carrera is deployed to San Diego as part of the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) program. DESI was established in 2001 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and partners with South American submarine-operating navies as they participate in fleet readiness exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron T. Smith)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Smith
VIRIN: 230918-N-SS900-1001


Observing this celebration together helped the U.S. and Chilean navies strengthen ties of friendship and trust.
“It was a pleasure today to celebrate the Chilean Independence Day with our partners on the Chilean submarine Carrera,” said Capt. Kenneth Douglas, commander, CSS-11. “The partnership between the United States and Chile goes back many decades. It was an honor to be able to host them today and participate in their celebration.”

The Carrera’s presence at NBPL is part of the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI). The DESI program, established in 2001 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command, partners with South American submarine-operating navies as they participate in fleet readiness exercises.

Sailors assigned to the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) sing during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony held on board Naval Base Point Loma, Sept. 1
230918-N-SS900-1003 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2023) Sailors assigned to the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) sing during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony held on board Naval Base Point Loma, Sept. 18. Carrera is deployed to San Diego as part of the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) program. DESI was established in 2001 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and partners with South American submarine-operating navies as they participate in fleet readiness exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron T. Smith)
Sailors assigned to the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) sing during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony held on board Naval Base Point Loma, Sept. 1
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230918-N-SS900-1003 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 18, 2023) Sailors assigned to the Chilean Navy submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) sing during a Chilean Independence Day ceremony held on board Naval Base Point Loma, Sept. 18. Carrera is deployed to San Diego as part of the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) program. DESI was established in 2001 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and partners with South American submarine-operating navies as they participate in fleet readiness exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron T. Smith)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Smith
VIRIN: 230918-N-SS900-1003


“While Carrera is participating in DESI during their deployment to San Diego and will participate in numerous multi-unit exercises over the next two months, it is also important for our Chilean friends to experience the sights and sounds San Diego has to offer,” said Douglas.

Carrera is scheduled to participate in numerous events in support of DESI during their time in San Diego.
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