Sunday, December 18, 2011

Army Reorganization Targets Defense of the Andes

While its northern borders command most of Chile's defense efforts, the Andes mountains are the focal point of a new restructuring in the Army. The 3rd Army Division is being renamed 3rd Mountain Division and it will combine regiments that specialize in defending the massive mountain range. The 3rd Mountain Division, with headquarters in the southern city of Valdivia, will bring together three reinforced regiments, two infantry regiments (of roughly 400 troops each), one artillery, one armored cavalry, one communications and one logistics regiment. All units are based in central and southern areas of Chile, with the southernmost being Reinforced Regiment No. 9 in Osorno. The three reinforced regiments are comprised primarily of a mountain infantry battalion and a mountain engineer battalion, with one regiment (in the Los Andes community) also equipped with an artillery unit. The crest of the Andes largely marks the border with Argentina and Bolivia, so it's a major piece of Chile's security considerations. The new reorganization is designed to better coordinate defense and disaster-relief operations in mountainous areas, rather than cope with a specific threat. Argentina and Chile are on quite friendly terms, and the Andes form a natural barrier with that country and with Bolivia.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

FELIZ NAVIDAD!

J.C. Arancibia said...

Feliz Navidad and Happy New Year to you and all my other readers!

Anonymous said...

A reorganization that makes a lot of sense.
The eastern neighbor is as reliable as the northern ones!

Anonymous said...

Yeah no kidding. And even after all they have done to Chile, they actually expect us to support them against the UK because now we're all brothers now! Unbelievable.