Chile: 197th Anniversary of the Chilean NavyShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Chile is a sliver like slice of most of the west coast of South America, a mighty long coastline in fact, with a proud naval history to go with a former need to defend and protect against neighbours and the mighty Spanish. The 197th commemoration of the establishment of that Navy by the revered Bernardo O’Higgins brought together the military brass, braid, medals and spouses for piscos and empanadas and a caramel slice of thousands of pastry leaves at the party to toast what in Chile is a major holiday with plenty of celebrating.
Our host, the Naval Attache of Chile Captain Raul Zamorano, welcomed defence personnel from a broad cross section of the Canberra diplomatic corps and many from the Russell Hill enclave who had a fine excuse to escape the day to day and enjoy the company.
I caught up with Captain John Cowan who was 'my' Captain for a family trip on the HMAS Choules where the sight of Sydney Harbour from the bridge was unforgettable and the peek into the private abodes of some of Woolloomooloo's expensive harbourside real estate as we berthed alongside a photographic opportunity to relish.
So with this gathering, always a popular party, there was an impressive collection of uniforms, and you know what they say about men in uniforms. Well to test the theory the group photo of most of the uniformed is a formidable gathering. And for those who have a hankering to get up close and on board a mighty sailing ship Captain Zamorano tells me the Chilean Navy’s magnificent ‘Esmerelda’ will be back in Sydney next year and an invitiation to a swank cocktail event on board is the most coveted in sailing circles. To peek into those abodes I mentioned you'd have to shinny up a formidable array of sails and ropes though.