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Chilean Submarine Simpson Arrives at Point Loma

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Story Number: NNS070912-15
Release Date: 9/12/2007 2:35:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin R. Mapson, Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific

POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- Chilean Submarine (CS) Simpson (SS-21) arrived at Naval Base Point Loma on Sept. 10, to take part in the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) with the U.S. Navy.

DESI is a partnership that allows the U.S. and other allied navies to work together to train and test underwater warfare capabilities through engagement tactics, weapon system tests and close encounter operations. This particular training evolution will help the American and Chilean navies to train their crews and test capabilities while helping foster bi-lateral cooperation and further improve joint-interoperability.

“DESI brings South American submarines to train with our strike groups,” said Cmdr. Dan Bacon, Jr., anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training officer at Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. “Their abilities, tactics and capabilities allow our strike groups to test and enhance our ASW aptitude.”

During their three-month deployment to North America, Simpson will conduct training with Tarawa and Abraham Lincoln Strike Groups as they continue to make preparations for future operations and deployments.

According to Bacon, training with diesel-powered submarines, such as CS Simpson, provides the U.S. Navy with an invaluable opportunity for training.

“Submarines are, by design, hard to find,” said Bacon. “But diesel-powered submarines are the hardest to find and are extremely quiet.”

Chilean Navy Lt. Cmdr. Felipe Lanas, Commander, 3rd Fleet liaison officer, said every opportunity the Chilean and U.S. Navy have to work together improves their ability to work as a team.

“This is a good chance for us to get training that will further our ASW capabilities and allow the Chilean and American navies to work together to get better on a wide variety of warfare skill sets,” said Lanas.

“Our CNO [commander-in-chief of the Chilean Navy] says these exercises benefit our cooperation and help enhance our exercise level,” said Lanas. “Working with the U.S. Navy also improves our level of knowledge and lets us put everything into practice with their ships.”

While in San Diego, the Chilean Sailors and officers will stay with their U.S. counterparts at Naval Base San Diego bachelor enlisted and officer quarters. They will also have the opportunity to explore the San Diego area and spend time with American Sailors during barbecues and parties hosted in their honor.

According to Lanas, submariners across the world share a common bond and DESI will help the Chilean submariners improve their processes and allow the Sailors and officers to share their experiences and tactics.

“The submarine culture is the same around the world,” said Lanas. “We all live in close spaces and share the same experiences. Wherever you are, and you find submariners, it’s all the same.”

Following exercises with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Southern California, Simpson is scheduled to return home to Chile in mid-November.

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