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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Chilean AOR Almirante Montt arrives in Esquimalt

DND Press Release:
April 4, 2016 – Esquimalt, B.C. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Chilean resupply ship Almirante Montt arrived at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt today as part of the short-term Mutual Logistic Support Arrangement between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Chilean Navy.

This agreement provides RCN sailors with essential operational experience that enhances their individual skill sets and core seamanship abilities. It also assists RCN sailors in retaining the expertise necessary to operate the Queenston-class supply ships once they are delivered, while fostering a collaborative relationship between the RCN and the Chilean Navy.

While en route to Esquimalt, Almirante Montt rendezvoused with HMCS Vancouver to complete replenishment-at-sea training, providing an invaluable learning opportunity for the Vancouver‘s crew.
On March 15, 2016, eight RCN sailors, including a liaison team and bridge watchkeepers under training, embarked on the Almirante Montt. The team worked closely with the crew and prepared them for the additional 20 trainees from the RCN who will work on board in rotations while the ship supports the Pacific Fleet.

The vessel will sail with the Canadian Pacific Fleet from April to June, participating in exercises that will provide sailors with essential operational experience.
In 2015, Almirante Montt supported the Canadian Pacific Fleet from July to August and conducted naval operations and training opportunities with HMC Ships Calgary and Vancouver.

“Having Almirante Montt back in Esquimalt is just another example of the strong partnership between the Canadian and Chilean Navies. This opportunity provides vital knowledge and expertise that will allow our Fleet and sailors to maintain operational readiness, while sustaining individual skills and core seamanship abilities.”

– Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier, Commander MARPAC

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The AOR Almirante Mott in July 2015 entering Victoria. Photo: RCN