The Chilean and US navies are participating in the submarine rescue exercise, CHILEMAR III, off the coast of Southern California, US.

The Chilean submarine CS Carrera (SS 22) is participating alongside the US Navy’s deep submerging unit (DSU).

CHILEMAR has been designed to provide training for performing submarine escape and rescue (SER) operations.

The exercise included a practice scenario, wherein personnel from the simulated distressed submarine were rescued by DSU’s pressurised rescue module (PRM) and transferred to the rescue vessel.

The annual bilateral exercise is intended to demonstrate interoperability between US submarine rescue systems and Chilean submarines as well as enhance understanding and cooperation between the two navies.