[email protected] strengthens naval partnerships in #Chile during his multi-day trip to South America
VALPARAISO, Chile (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited Chile, July 28, to meet with Chilean navy leadership, recognize the country's contribution to Pacific maritime security and discuss ways in which the U.S. and Chilean navies can continue to grow their partnership. During the visit, Richardson toured Chile's National Tsunami Early Warning Center, presented awards to Chilean naval officers and met with his Chilean counterpart, Adm. Julio Leiva Molina. The visit is part of a series of engagements in South America, beginning with the Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC) in Colombia, where 18 heads of navies met to discuss strengthening partnerships and increasing maritime cooperation. At IANC, Richardson praised Chile's leadership in the multinational Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. "Chile is participating for the 12th time, but in ...