On board, the frigate “Almirante Lynch”, Teamwork South 2023 ended, a version made by Chilean surface, submarine and air naval units and which included the participation of the destroyer USS “Momsen”, a nuclear submarine and a United States Navy aircraft.
During the week that the meeting lasted, both activities were held on land and at sea, all of them focused on creating opportunities for learning, coordination and mutual cooperation between the two navies.
At the closing ceremony of this meeting, the Commander in Chief of the Squadron, Rear Admiral Roberto Zegers, addressed those present, stressing that “this short but intense version allows us to show that we can operate anywhere and under different kinds of situations.”
Regarding the progress of the naval phase, he commented that “the exercises were carried out safely, without regrettable incidents. I congratulate the Commanders of the various units and their teams for doing everything planned and right. I believe that all the initial objectives of the exercise have been fulfilled: interoperability, cooperation and partnership.
For his part, Captain Bryan Gallo of the United States Navy, who served as Second in Charge of the Task Group, emphasized the good progress of the activity, highlighting the flexibility, adaptability and good teamwork shown that allowed all the tasks to be successfully implemented and safe.
It should be noted that, during the exercises carried out on the high seas, the Commander of Naval Operations, Vice Admiral José Luis Fernández, confirmed on land the deployment of surface, air and submarine units.
On Friday, October 6, aboard the “Lynch”, the “Women, Peace and Security” Panel was held with the purpose of finding out how Resolution 1325, within the framework of the standardized norm of the United Nations Organization (UN), is implemented of the Navy of Chile and the United States, highlighting the milestones of participation and recognition of women who, due to their abilities, have reached leadership positions in both countries, in government and in of the Armed Forces.
This resolution, adopted in October 2000 by the United Nations Security Council, provides a framework for the United Nations and its member states to adopt a series of measures aimed at including women as agents in the work of conflict prevention and resolution, as well as post-conflict rehabilitation and the consolidation of peace and partnership.
In the middle of 2015, when it was 15 years since the approval of Resolution 1325, there were 50 countries with National Action Plans for its implementation, Chile being the only one in Latin America.
When the panel was over, the “Role of the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer” panel began, an opportunity where the characteristics, principles, and values that should motivate those who have achieved this rank were shared.
Leadership is pointed out as a common value in both Navies, it is known that for those who hold the rank of Chief Petty Officer, it only to know what the personnel are doing, which creates feelings of loyalty, commitment, and search for personal growth, which is often given with example.