Missile Commands / Comando de Misileras Norte y Sur
The missile boats of the Navy have their bases in the ports of Iquique (Naval zone IV) and Punta Arenas (Naval zone III), where their respective controls are also located. They are forces that possess enormous potential of combat, due to their characteristics of manoeuvrability and power of fire, allowing them to effectively contribute to deterrence in their respective areas of operations. Both commands, North and South, share a common origin, in the decade of the 1980s, and its units have been subsequently distributed according to requirements established by the Navy. Currently, the command of Misileras North [COMISNOR] is composed of the missile boats type 148 "Lieutenant Uribe", "Orella Lieutenant", "Midshipman Riquelme" and "Lieutenant Serrano", in addition to the patrol's General Service "Boatswain Ortiz", as logistical support unit. South Misileras command (COMISUR) form units SAAR IV "Casma", "Chipana" and "Angamos" class.
New units of the Naval Base in Punta Arenas were opened in April 2009. These works are the result of a year of intense work of construction and remodeling, whose main objective was, through the "project Prussia", vacate the lands of the coastal edge of the Loreto sector to allow the continuity of the waterfront of the Strait between streets José Menéndez and Errázuriz, and, in turn, concentrate in one place the main logistic facilities of the third Naval zone; thus transforming the former premises of ENAP three bridges in modern and spacious buildings that today host the group in support of the command Misileras South, the center of naval telecommunications Center supply of Magellan, to the Department of works and buildings, to the ground transportation center, to the departure of salvage, the IM lining of order and securityNaval bakery and barracks Base. Staff of the Department of works and construction of the third Naval zone and workers from private companies in the Magellan region were those who transformed the former premises of ENAP three bridges in modern and spacious buildings.
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