Chile took delivery on August 31 of the second of two submarines built in West Germany.
1. GV & SV Newly built sub at Valparaiso base (2 shots) 0.11
2. GV Admiral Jose Merino reviewing troops and shaking hands with naval officers and German dignitaries (2 shots) 0.29
3. SV Merino is whistled on board sub and greeted by officers (3 shots) 0.43
4. SV & CUs Merino climbs inside sub and looks through periscope (3 shots) 0.58
5. SV Officer climbs aboard conning tower 1.09
6. SV & GV Merino disembarks sub (3 shots) 1.25
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Background: VALPARAISO, CHILE
Chile took delivery on August 31 of the second of two submarines built in West Germany. The U-209-type submarine cost 100 million US dollars and is part of a defence agreement signed between the two countries. Chilean Junta member Admiral Jose Toribio Merino made an inspection tour of the vessel in Valparaiso. Production of the two U-209 boats was approved in West Germany in 1980 though the deal was attacked by the Social Democratic party. The latest delivery comes at a time when the Vatican is due to deliver a final proposal to resolve the 100-year-old border dispute between Argentina and Chile over the Beagle channel. Both countries have given informal agreement to the plan which draws a line around three disputed islands and gives Chile a six-mile strip of sovereign territorial waters. It also grants Chile a further 12-mile strip for exclusive economic exploitation but says the remaining 182 miles of a 200-mile zone become an area of joint and concerted activities under Argentine sovereignty.
Source: REUTERS - RAUL CUEVAS