Monday, January 17, 2011

Navy Retires Main Landing Ship

After 16 years of service in Chile's navy, the 8,775-ton LST Valdivia has been retired. The decommissioning comes as the navy seeks an amphibious assault ship or multirole vessel to replace it. The Valdivia provided a key transportation link with Chilean peacekeeping force in Haiti. It also brought hundreds of tons of relief aid to areas devastated by last year's major earthquake. The ship was built in 1971 and served in the U.S. Navy as the USS San Bernardino until 1995, when it was transferred to Chile. Without the Valdivia, Chile's transport fleet is reduced to four smaller ships displacing 780 to 1,400 tons each.

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