• Major General John Frewer and John Blaxland

    Major General John Frewer and John Blaxland

  • Luisa Pava and Mark Parton with Marcella Manterola and her husband Captain Raul Zamorano

    Luisa Pava and Mark Parton with Marcella Manterola and her husband Captain Raul Zamorano

  • Lieutenant Colonel Brent Reiffer, Captain Stew Holbrook and Lieutenant Colonel Gary Miller

    Lieutenant Colonel Brent Reiffer, Captain Stew Holbrook and Lieutenant Colonel Gary Miller

  • Evelyn Hisrsch, Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco, Evelia Huicochea and Maria Aece

    Evelyn Hisrsch, Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco, Evelia Huicochea and Maria Aece

  • Raul, Caralina, Monserrat and Rafael Zamorano

    Raul, Caralina, Monserrat and Rafael Zamorano

  • Rafael Zamorano and Sofia Franche

    Rafael Zamorano and Sofia Franche

  • Chilean Naval Attache Captain Raul Zamorano

    Chilean Naval Attache Captain Raul Zamorano

  • Ruth Poveda Isabel Fleitas and Hector Sanazar

    Ruth Poveda Isabel Fleitas and Hector Sanazar

  • Warrant Officer Claudio Loparco

    Warrant Officer Claudio Loparco

  • Commander David Jones and Air Vice Marshal Tony Needham

    Commander David Jones and Air Vice Marshal Tony Needham

  • Young Cho and Colonel Sandoek Hwang

    Young Cho and Colonel Sandoek Hwang

  • Mags Kilby, Kayoko Nakamura and Captain Hiro Nakamura

    Mags Kilby, Kayoko Nakamura and Captain Hiro Nakamura

  • Kumi Murakami and Colonel Hiroaki MurukamiYoung Cho and Colonel Sandeok Hwang

    Kumi Murakami and Colonel Hiroaki MurukamiYoung Cho and Colonel Sandeok Hwang

  • Colonel Harold Jacobs and Miranda Jacobs

    Colonel Harold Jacobs and Miranda Jacobs

  • Brigadier Tareq Al-Bannany from UAE meets Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco, Captain Raul Zamorano and Marcella 
Manterola

    Brigadier Tareq Al-Bannany from UAE meets Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco, Captain Raul Zamorano and Marcella Manterola

  • Wing Commander Jim Coutts, Olivia Hough and Wing Commander Jon Hough

    Wing Commander Jim Coutts, Olivia Hough and Wing Commander Jon Hough

  • Captain Carlos Mighera, Virginia Francken and Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Pope apologising for being out of uniform as he was not informed.

    Captain Carlos Mighera, Virginia Francken and Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Pope apologising for being out of uniform as he was not informed.

  • Olga and Basilio Ormeno and Jackie Vanna

    Olga and Basilio Ormeno and Jackie Vanna

  • Petty Officer Claudio Fuentes, Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco, Macella Manterola and Jessica Alvarado.

    Petty Officer Claudio Fuentes, Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco, Macella Manterola and Jessica Alvarado.

  • Marcella Manterola and Captain Raul Zamorano

    Marcella Manterola and Captain Raul Zamorano

  • Dolly Fabila and Colonel Joe Fabila

    Dolly Fabila and Colonel Joe Fabila

  • Colonel Orlando Franchi and Warrant Officer Sady Tarque

    Colonel Orlando Franchi and Warrant Officer Sady Tarque

  • Cheryl Santiago and Colonel Ricardo Santiago

    Cheryl Santiago and Colonel Ricardo Santiago

  • Captain Pedro Ramirez and his wife Maria Laencima

    Captain Pedro Ramirez and his wife Maria Laencima

  • Captain John Cowan and Lieutenant Commander Jose Bacunan

    Captain John Cowan and Lieutenant Commander Jose Bacunan

  • A friendly force...

    A friendly force...

Chile: 197th Anniversary of the Chilean Navy

20 May 2015

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.