Chilean Naval Forces Sub-Tree

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Chilean squadron sailing south due to a possible war with Argentina, 1980

This suggestion is a complement to the 3 previous suggestions that I have made which are the Chilean land, air and helicopter sub tree for Israel, to know the history and details please consult the other 3 suggestions within the forum.

History between Chile and Israel

During the 1970s Chile was going through very tense moments with its 3 neighbors (Argentina, Bolivia and Peru) who had territorial claims and like Israel at that time Chile was politically alone and surrounded by belligerent countries. Chile was under the government of Dictator Augusto Pinochet accused of crimes against humanity, the country was under embargo on military purchases. This is how Chile turned to Israel, which accepted the request for help. Thus, in 1977, Chile and Israel signed a contract for the purchase of various military equipment (Tanks, missiles, etc.). Once the conflict ended, both countries continued to collaborate and Chile acquired much more equipment of Israeli origin for its 3 branches, army, air force and navy.

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LAM-30 Casma, Sa’ar 4 class fast attack craft purchased from Israel in 1979

Chile was one of Israel’s first clients in Latin America and the first important purchase for the Chilean navy was the Israeli Sa’ar IV class fast attack craft that were acquired in the late 1970s just when the potential war of Chile and Argentina was about to happen. In later years, Chile also acquired more of these fast attack craft, thus completing 4 of the Sa’ar 4 class and then 2 more of the Sa’ar 3 class. These units had participated in the Yom Kippur War so they had an interesting history, Chile being one of the few operators of the Sa’ar 4 class and the only country to acquire the Sa’ar 3 class besides Israel. To this day some of the Sa’ar 4 class are still in service in Chile. In the 1990s, Chile also acquired 8 Israeli patrol boats of the Dabur class, so the Chilean coastal defense is made up entirely of Israeli material.

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Meeting of General Staffs between the Chilean and Israeli Navies, 2018

Currently, the weapons and sensor systems of the Chilean Navy’s ships, submarines and aircraft have some degree of Israeli technology, some examples are the Elta/El-2228 AMDR radar, the IAI Barak 1 missile, the Gabriel II missile, Elta EL/-M2221 fire control radars, and in terms of naval aviation, the C295 Persuader (P295) has the EL/M-2220A radar from Elta, thus demonstrating that the Chilean navy continues to trust in the technology of the country that once supported it in a possible war when no one else wanted to do it.

Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Navy, Admiral Enrique Larrañaga with the Commander of the Israeli Navy, Vice Admiral Ram Rothberg, at the Haifa Naval Base during a visit, 2014

To date, both navies have cooperated and the top commanders of both navies have visited each other’s country to talk about important topics such as strengthening naval ties and future cooperation, thus further strengthening a relationship of 40 years of history between both navies.

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(This sub-tree example was made taking into account the @super_cacti suggestion about the Israeli Coastal Fleet Techtree, although I removed the 3 Israeli rank 5 destroyers to move them to the Blue Water Tree)

Disclaimers:

  • Not necessarily all the ships from the following list must be added, they can be chosen according to the convenience of the tree in which it would be implemented and moved as necessary. It was ordered in the best way I found possible.
  • The BR of this tree represent the realistic game mode.
  • Some data may not be 100% accurate, also some sources may contradict in some aspects such as technical specifications, basically I did what I could with what I found, if anyone has more information I would appreciate it if you share it in the comments section.

Ship List:

Rank 1

Viper-class Torpedo Boat, Ingeniero Hyatt

  • Description:
    • A torpedo boat built in London, England out of a total of 6 that the Chilean navy ordered to be built in 1896, it was of the Austrian Viper class. She was in service until 1922 when she was decommissioned. Its design provided good protection as it had a steel hull and turtle-shaped bow.
  • Crew:
    • 16
  • Armament:
    • 3 x 1 - 47 mm/40 Hotchkiss
    • 1 x - 356 mm Whitehead Torpedo (bow), 1 x 2 - 356 mm Whitehead Torpedoes
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 140 tons
    • Lenght: 46.5 m
    • Breadth: 4.65 m
    • Draught: 2.36 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 1 VTE, 2 Yarrow boilers, 2200 hp
    • Max speed: 26.5 - 27.5 knots (51 km/h)
  • Sources:

Golub-class Minelayer, Elicura

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  • Description:
    • Built by Finland in 1914 originally for the Russian navy, they were acquired by the Germans after the end of the First World War, later in 1919 they were bought by Chile in Germany and sent to England in 1920 to be converted into minelayers. They could carry an astonishing 50 mines, which visually attracted a lot of attention. They were decommissioned after 30 years in service.
  • Crew:
    • 42
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 1 - 76 mm/40 EOC N
    • 50 mines
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 545 tons
    • Lenght: 52.6 m
    • Breadth: 7.47 m
    • Draught: 3.35 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 VTE, 3 cylindrical boilers, 1400 hp
    • Max speed: 14.5 knots (27 km/h)
  • Sources:

Pillan-class Patrol Boat, LPC-1801 Pillan

  • Description:
    • 1 of the 10 patrol boats ordered from Brazil by Chile, the first arriving in 1979. They were withdrawn from service in the late 1990s.
  • Crew:
    • 6
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 1 - 20 mm/70 Mk 4
    • 2 DCR
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 43 tons
    • Lenght: 18.6 m
    • Breadth: 5.25 m
    • Draught: 1.62 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 MTU 8V331 TC81 diesels, 1800 hp
    • Max speed: 31 knots (57 km/h)
  • Sources:
Rank 2

PC-1638-class submarine chaser, Papudo

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  • Description:
    • It was the first warship built in Chile in 1970 by the Chilean company ASMAR and was based on the North American PC-1638 class submarine chaser. It was in service until 1993.
  • Crew:
    • 69
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 1 - 40 mm/60 Mk 3
    • 2 x 2 - 20 mm/70 Mk 24
    • 1 x 24 Hedgehog Mk 15 ASWRL
    • 4 Mk 6 DCT
    • 1 DCR
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 412 tons
    • Lenght: 52.9 m
    • Breadth: 7 m
    • Draught: 3.10 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 General Motors 16-567 diesels, 2800 hp
    • Max speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
  • Sources:
Rank 3

Sharpshooter-class Torpedo Gunboat, Almirante Condell

  • Description:
    • A torpedo boat built for Chile in England in 1890, they had a 25 mm steel cladding over the engine and boiler rooms, he and his sister ship Admiral Lynch sank the Blanco Encalada armored frigate during the Civil War in 1891 by firing Whitehead-class torpedoes at her, the first time in history that one of these torpedoes sank an armored ship. In 1900 both received modernizations and received more modern weaponry. She was decommissioned in 1919.
  • Crew:
    • 87
  • Armament: (1900 refit)
    • 6 x 1 - 57 mm/50 Vickers
    • 1 - 356 mm Whitehead Torpedo (bow), 4 x 1 - 356 mm Whitehead Torpedoes
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 750 tons
    • Lenght: 70.1 m
    • Breadth: 8.38 m
    • Draught: 2.53 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 VTE, 4 Belleville, 4275 hp
    • Max speed: 20.6 knots (38 km/h)
  • Sources:

Flower-class corvette, Chipana

  • Description:
    • Modified flower class built in Canadá and purchased by Chile in 1946. This was one of the 3 corvettes of this class purchased by Chile, it had a good ability to face other warships due to its 102 mm cannon in addition to being able to act as a Sub-chaser since it had depth charges and anti-submarine mortars. She was decommissioned in 1966 and later sold.
  • Crew:
    • 109
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 1 - 102 mm/40 CP Mk XXIII
    • 2 x 2 - 20 mm/70 Mk V
    • 2 x 1 - 20 mm/70 Mk III
    • 2 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL
    • 4 DCT
    • 2 DCR (100)
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 1370 tons
    • Lenght: 63.5 m
    • Breadth: 10.1 m
    • Draught: 4.42 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 1 VTE, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2750 hp
    • Max speed: 16.5 knots (31 km/h)
  • Sources:
Rank 4

Almirante Simpson-class Torpedo Gunboat, Almirante Simpson

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  • Description:
    • This ship was a unique torpedo gunboat design built in England for Chile in 1895, its steel armor was 25 mm throughout the hull which protected it quite a bit. In 1907 she was sold to Ecuador, becoming that nation’s main ship.
  • Crew:
    • 125
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 1 - 120 mm/40 Armstrong P
    • 4 x 1 - 47 mm/40 Hotchkiss
    • 1 - 450 mm Whitehead Torpedo (bow), 2 x 1 - 450 mm Whitehead Torpedoes
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 800 tons
    • Lenght: 73.2 m
    • Breadth: 8.38 m
    • Draught: 4.27 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 VTE, 4 Normand boilers, 4500 hp
    • Max speed: 21.5 knots (40 km/h)
  • Sources:

River-class Frigate, Baquedano

  • Description:
    • She was bought from Canada by Chile in 1946 along with 2 other frigates of the same class, initially she was called Esmeralda but in 1952 she changed her name to Baquedano. In Chile she was armed with various anti-surface and anti-submarine weapons that were available in the Chilean navy’s stock. She was decommissioned in 1960.
  • Crew:
    • 140
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 1 - 120 mm/45 Mk.E
    • 1 x 1 - 102 mm/45 Mk XIX
    • 2 x 1 - 40 mm/56
    • 4 x 1 - 20 mm/70
    • 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL
    • 8 DCT
    • 2 DCR (150)
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 2180 tons
    • Lenght: 91.8 m
    • Breadth: 11.2 m
    • Draught: 3.89 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 VTE, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 5500 hp
    • Max speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
  • Sources:

Sa’ar 3-class Missile Boat, Iquique

  • Description:
    • It was built in France in 1969 for Israel and participated in the Yom Kippur War, in 1989 it was purchased by Chile and was one of the country’s main coastal defenses until 2000 when it was decommissioned. In Chile they wore a black camouflage that differentiates them from when they were in service in Israel. For balancing reasons, it will not include missiles for the game.
  • Crew:
    • 40
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 1 - 76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact
    • 2 x 1 - 12.7 mm/90
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 250 tons
    • Lenght: 45 m
    • Breadth: 7 m
    • Draught: 2 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 4 Maybach-Mercedes MD871 diesels, 14000 hp
    • Max speed: 40 knots (74 km/h)
  • Sources:
Rank 5

Lürssen-Bazán-class Fast Attack Craft, Quidora (PTF-82)

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  • Description:
    • One of the four torpedo boats ordered by Chile from the Bazán company of Spain in 1964, they were based on the Jaguar-class fast attack craft from Germany but with some differences. They were built to navigate the southern seas of the Beagle Channel in the face of a possible war with Argentina. From 1997 onwards it was used as a general service boat until it was decommissioned in 2001.
  • Crew:
    • 20
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 1 - 40 mm/70 Bofors 315
    • 4 - 533 mm Weymouth MK IV Torpedoes
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 134 tons
    • Lenght: 36 m
    • Breadth: 5.6 m
    • Draught: 1.68 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 Mercedes-Benz MB839Bd diesels, 4800 hp
    • Max speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
  • Sources:

Type 148 Tiger-class fast attack craft, Guardiamarina Riquelme (LM-36)

  • Description:
    • Originally this class had been designed by Lürssen of Germany for Israel but for political reasons they were blocked and bought by Germany. They entered service in that country in the mid-1970s as a replacement for the Jaguar class. In 1997 four of these ships were acquired by Chile and served in the country until 2014 when the last one was decommissioned. For balancing reasons, it will not include missiles for the game.
  • Crew:
    • 30
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 1 - 76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact
    • 1 x 1 - 40 mm/70 Breda-Bofors 564
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 264 tons
    • Lenght: 47 m
    • Breadth: 7.1 m
    • Draught: 2.66 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 4 MTU 16V538 TB90 (MD872) diesels, 14000 hp
    • Max speed: 35.8 knots (66 km/h)
  • Sources:

Sa’ar 4-class Missile Boat, Casma (LAM-30)

  • Description:
    • Chile bought the first of 4 of these Missile Boats from Israel in 1979 in the face of a possible war with Argentina, becoming one of the main ships to protect the Chilean coasts. These Missile Boats had participated in the Yom Kippur War and had proven themselves in combat. In Chile they wore a black camouflage that differentiated them from when they were in service in Israel. one of them was decommissioned in 1999 for spare parts and the other 3 are still in service in Chile. For balancing reasons, it will not include missiles for the game.
  • Crew:
    • 51
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 1 - 76/ mm62 OTO-Melara Compact
    • 2 x 1 - 20 mm/70 Mk 10
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 450 tons
    • Lenght: 58.1 m
    • Breadth: 7.6 m
    • Draught: 2.7 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 4 MTU MD871 diesels, 14000 hp
    • Max speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
  • Sources:

Charles Lawrence-class High Speed Transport, Serrano (APD-26)

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  • Description:
    • Originally built as a Buckley-class destroyer escort in 1944 and later converted by the United States to the Charles Lawrence class, she was acquired by Chile in 1966 fully refitted and used by Chile as escort frigates. It was decommissioned in 1991.
  • Crew:
    • 203
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 1 - 127 mm/38 Mk 30
    • 3 x 2 - 40 mm/60 Mk 1
    • 6 x 1 - 20 mm/70 Mk 10
    • 2 DCR
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 2114 tons
    • Lenght: 93.3 m
    • Breadth: 11.3 m
    • Draught: 3.84 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 General Electric steam turbo-generators, 2 boilers, 2 electric motors, 12000 hp
    • Max speed: 23.6 knots (44 km/h)
  • Sources:

Jaguar-class Fast Attack Craft, Guacolda (PTF-80)

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  • Description:
    • One of the four torpedo boats ordered by Chile from the Bazán company of Spain in 1964, they were based on the Jaguar-class fast attack craft from Germany but with some differences. This specific torpedo boat had one of its autocannons removed and replaced with an Oerlikon Typ 3Z 8D, the double rocket launcher at the front of the ship, it is known that it was only a test prototype and that it did not last long with this configuration as it is later seen again with its original armament configuration. From 1997 onwards it was used as a general service boat until it was decommissioned in 2001.
  • Crew:
    • 20
  • Armament:
    • 2 x Oerlikon Typ 3Z 8Dla rocket launcher (bow)
    • 1 x 40 mm/70 Bofors 315 (stern)
    • 4 - 533 mm Weymouth MK IV Torpedoes
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 134 tons
    • Lenght: 36 m
    • Breadth: 5.6 m
    • Draught: 1.68 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 Mercedes-Benz MB839Bd diesels, 4800 hp
    • Max speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
  • Sources:

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At first glance it may seem shocking to see a majority of Chilean ships compared to Israeli ships in the Bluewater tree, but the reason is that the Israeli navy only owns 3 destroyers and this is due to Israel’s geography since having a not too extensive maritime area, and priority was given to the smallest and fastest vessels to face their neighbors, Another reason is that Israel is a relatively young nation and so its navy has been in existence since 1948 and because of this there may not be such a big history of buying or manufacturing of older ships.

For all these reasons I think that a possible solution would be for Israel to also have the option of obtaining a Chilean tree from Bluewater, since it would give Israel the possibility to have all its trees and not just keep the coastal one, it would also be a nice addition to the game since most of them are unique warships of the Chilean navy incorporating 2 Chilean super-dreadnought battleships and 2 Chilean pre-dreadnoughts battleships, something that not many minor nations can boast of and that players would certainly appreciate.

The Chilean case is the opposite of that of Israel, since where Chile stands out the most is in the Bluewater tree since Chile has one of the most extensive maritime sovereignty in the world and for this reason the country focused on the purchase of large warships such as battleships, cruisers, destroyers, etc. In other words, both nations complement each other perfectly as far as the navy is concerned, reinforcing the other nation’s weaknesses.

Without further delay I invite you to see the details of each of these Chilean warships.

Ship List:

Rank 1

Almirante Lynch-class Destroyer, Almirante Lynch

  • Description:
    • In 1913 a total of 6 destroyers were ordered to be built in England for the Chilean Navy, only 2 of them would be delivered by England due to the beginning of the first world war and being called Almirante Lynch Class, in their time they were the most powerful destroyers built by England and for this reason they were used as flotilla leaders in the first world war as Faulknor-class. In 1934 they were modernized in Chile, giving them better torpedoes, better anti-aircraft weaponry and changing their boilers. They were decommissioned in 1945.
  • Crew:
    • 160
  • Armament: (1934 refit)
    • 6 x 1 - 102 mm/40 Armstrong S
    • 2 x 2 - 533.4mm Mk IV Torpedoes
    • 2 x 1 - 12.7mm
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 1850 tons
    • Lenght: 100.8 m
    • Breadth: 9.9 m
    • Draught: 3.35 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 3 Parsons steam turbines, 6 White-Forster boilers, 30000 hp
    • Max speed: 31 knots (57 km/h)
  • Sources:

Faulknor-class Flotilla Leader Destroyer, Almirante Williams

  • Description:
    • In 1913 a total of 6 destroyers were ordered to be built in England for the Chilean Navy, only 2 of them would be delivered by England due to the beginning of the first world war. The other 4 served during the First World War as Faulknor-class Flotilla Leader and carried more powerful armament being 1 of them sunk during a battle, in 1920 the remaining 3 were returned to Chile and served until 1933 when they were decommissioned due to deterioration.
  • Crew:
    • 205
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 1 - 120 mm/45 BL Mk I
    • 2 x 1 - 102 mm/45 QF Mk VI
    • 2 x 1 - 40 mm/39 QF Mk II
    • 2 x 2 - 533 mm Mk II Torpedoes
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 1829 tons
    • Lenght: 101 m
    • Breadth: 9.9 m
    • Draught: 3.5 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 3 Parsons steam turbines, 6 White-Forster boilers, 30000 hp
    • Max speed: 31 knots (57 km/h)
  • Sources:

Serrano-class Destroyer, Serrano

  • Description:
    • In 1927 Chile commissioned England to build 6 destroyers of a unique class for Chile, the Serrano class, they had a standard British design only that the Serrano class was smaller and lighter which gave it greater speed, in the speed tests all exceeded the contract speed by approximately 1-1.5 knots. Over the years, it underwent some modernizations, the most important being in 1950, where anti-aircraft weapons and radars were added. It was disposed of in 1967.
  • Crew:
    • 130
  • Armament: (1950 refit)
    • 3 x 1 - 120 mm/45 Vickers-Armstrong E
    • 1 x 1 - 76 mm/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II
    • 3 × 1 - 20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk 4
    • 2 × 3 - 533 mm Mk. 15 Mod. 3 Torpedoes
    • 2 Mine launchers
    • 2 DCT
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 1430 tons
    • Lenght: 91.4 m
    • Breadth: 8.84 m
    • Draught: 3.86 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Thornycroft boilers, 28000 hp
    • Max speed: 35.9 knots (66 km/h)
  • Sources:
Rank 2

Almirante-class Destroyer, Almirante Riveros (DDG-18)

  • Description:
    • One of the 2 destroyers that Chile commissioned England to build in 1958, this special class for Chile was called the Almirante class, its weapons and sensors were superior to those of the Daring class but its design was similar to the Battle class, it had an exclusive 4-inch Vickers cannon that was only carried by Chilean destroyers, which made them more special. In later years they received several modifications that will not be used here since they include missiles. It was decommissioned in 1995.
  • Crew:
    • 266
  • Armament:
    • 4 x 1 - 102 mm/62 Vickers Mk Q
    • 6 x 1 - 40 mm/70 Breda-Bofors type 564
    • 1 x 5 - 533 mm Mk. 15 Mod. 3 Torpedoes
    • 2 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 4 ASWRL
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 3300 tons
    • Lenght: 122.5 m
    • Breadth: 13.1 m
    • Draught: 4 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 sets Parsons Pametrada geared steam turbines, 2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 54000 hp
    • Max speed: 34.5 knots (64 km/h)
  • Sources:

Fletcher-class Destroyer, Cochrane (DD-15)

  • Description:
    • Fletcher-class destroyer, it participated during the Second World War in the Pacific and while it was in Okinawa it destroyed three kamikaze planes. It was received by Chile in 1962 through the Military Aid Pact (PAM) signed with the United States. It was decommissioned in 1983.
  • Crew:
    • 273
  • Armament:
    • 4 x 1 - 127 mm/38 Mk 30
    • 3 x 2 - 76 mm/50 Mk 33
    • 1 x 5 - 533 mm Mk. 15 Mod. 3 Torpedoes
    • 2 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog Mk 11 ASWRL
    • 6 DCT
    • 2 DCR (56)
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 3005 tons
    • Lenght: 114.7 m
    • Breadth: 12.1 m
    • Draught: 4.19 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 sets General Electric geared steam turbines, 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 60000 hp
    • Max speed: 38 knots (70 km/h)
  • Sources:

Allen M. Sumner-class Destroyer, Ministro Portales (DD-17)

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  • Description:
    • Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer that had been upgraded to FRAM II, its rear now had a helicopter carrier, in Chile an Alouette III helicopter was used on the helicopter carrier. The distribution of weapons changed although the main cannons were preserved. Faced with a possible war with Argentina, these destroyers wore special camouflage, like a large part of the Chilean fleet. In later years it was modernized by adding missiles, which would not be used on this occasion. She was decommissioned in 1998 and sunk by the Chilean air force.
  • Crew:
    • 274
  • Armament:
    • 3 x 2 - 127 mm/38 Mk 38
    • 2 x 1 - 20 mm/70 Mk 10
    • 2 x 3 - 324 mm Mk 32 Torpedoes (Mk 44)
    • 2 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog Mk 11 ASWRL
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 3300 tons
    • Lenght: 114.8 m
    • Breadth: 12.5 m
    • Draught: 5.8 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 sets General Electric geared steam turbines, 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 60000 hp
    • Max speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
  • Sources:
Rank 3

Chacabuco-class Protected Cruiser, Chacabuco

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  • Description:
    • Built in England and acquired by Chile in 1902, the Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser Takasago was the sister ship of the Chacabuco. It had quite powerful weapons for the time but over the years it became obsolete for this reason it was modernized several times, highlighting the one in 1942 when more modern armament and anti-aircraft armament were installed, the bridge was also enlarged which changed its appearance, and the last modernization was in 1945 where a large number of 20 mm machine guns were added. Also noteworthy is her armor, which was typical of this class of protected cruisers. She was the last Elswick cruiser to stay afloat and was finally decommissioned in 1959.
  • Crew:
    • 400
  • Armament: (1945 refit)
    • 6 x 1 - 152 mm/50 EOC TT
    • 10 x 1 - 20 mm/70 Mk 4
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 4877 tons
    • Lenght: 127.5 m
    • Breadth: 14.2 m
    • Draught: 5.18 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 VTE, 8 cylindrical boilers, 15700 hp
    • Max speed: 23 knots (43 km/h)
  • Sources:

O’Higgins-class Armored Cruiser, O’Higgins

  • Description:
    • In 1896 Chile ordered an armored cruiser to be built in England for a large sum of money, it was for this reason that the O’Higgins had all the advances of its time and was the precursor of what would later become the battleships. It was noted for its great firepower and thick armor. in 1920 it was modernized by installing anti-aircraft armament and equipping it with a Sopwith Baby seaplane. for several years it was Chile’s flagship until the arrival of the Super-dreadnought Almirante Latorre. Finally decommissioned in 1933, then alienated in 1958.
  • Crew:
    • 700
  • Armament: (1920 refit)
    • 4 x 1 - 203 mm/40 Armstrong T
    • 10 x 1 - 152 mm/40 Armstrong Z4
    • 13 x 1 - 76 mm/50 Mark B
    • 4 x 1 - 37 mm/39 QF Mk II “PomPom”
    • 1 x Sopwith Baby seaplane
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 8500 tons
    • Lenght: 135.2 m
    • Breadth: 19.1 m
    • Draught: 6.7 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 VTE, 30 Belleville boilers, 16000 hp
    • Max speed: 21.5 knots (40 km/h)
  • Sources:

Esmeralda-class Armored Cruiser, Esmeralda

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  • Description:
    • It was built in England for Chile in 1896, it was considered one of the most powerful cruisers of its type in the world since Chile ordered it to be built with all the technological advances of the time, it stood out for its powerful armament and thick armor which was not an impediment for it to be the fastest armored cruiser of its time. In 1910 a few smaller cannons were removed due to the peace pacts with Argentina, which increased its maximum speed a little more, and the cylindrical boilers were also changed for Niclausse multitubular boilers. She was finally decommissioned in 1930.
  • Crew:
    • 520
  • Armament: (1910 refit)
    • 2 x 1 - 203 mm/40 Armstrong P
    • 12 x 1 - 152 mm/40 Armstrong W2
    • 8 x 1 - 76 mm/40 Armstrong N
    • 8 x Maxim machine guns (originally, unknown for 1910)
    • 3 x 457 mm torpedoes
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 7860 tons
    • Lenght: 132.9 m
    • Breadth: 16.2 m
    • Draught: 6.17 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 vertical triple expansion engines, 6 double-ended multitubular Niclausse boilers, 16100 hp
    • Max speed: 23 knots (44 km/h)
  • Sources:

Capitán Prat-class Armored Cruiser, Capitán Prat

  • Description:
    • In 1893 the armored cruiser Capitán Prat arrived in Chile, a unique design for Chile that had been ordered from a French shipyard, its greatest advantages were its thick caliber of guns and superior armor, highlighting the lateral armor that reached 305 mm so in some sources it is cataloged as a pre-dreadnought battleship, She was the first warship in the world to feature electrically powered artillery. In 1910 it was modernized with the installation of 12 Babcock & Wilcox water-tube boilers, which increased its speed and some smaller guns were changed. During the First World War, he escorted the German fleet off the Chilean coast. It was definitively decommissioned in 1935.
  • Crew:
    • 480
  • Armament: (1910 refit)
    • 4 x 1 - 240 mm/36 Canet 23t
    • 4 x 2 - 120 mm/45 Canet M1890
    • 10 x 1 - 57/40 Hotchkiss
    • 5 × 1 - 37 mm Maxim
    • 2 - 450 mm Torpedoes (2 beam)
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 6901 tons
    • Lenght: 100 m
    • Breadth: 18.5 m
    • Draught: 6.96 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 HTE, 5 cylindrical boilers, 12000 hp
    • Max speed: 19.5 knots (36 km/h)
  • Sources:
Rank 4

Tre Kronor-class Cruiser, Almirante Latorre (CL-04)

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  • Description:
    • It was built in Sweden in 1947 under the name Göta Lejon, and was modernized a few times during the 1950s in service in Sweden. It was sold to Chile in 1971 and was important during the conflict between Chile and Argentina since this cruiser was part of the most powerful ships that Chile had in those years, in some photos it can be seen with a special camouflage before a possible war with Argentina in the early 80s. In 1984 he was decommissioned.
  • Crew:
    • 783
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 3 - 152 mm/53 M42
    • 2 x 2 - 152 mm/53 M42
    • 4 x 1 - 57 mm/60 M50
    • 11 x 1 - 40 mm/70 M48
    • 2 x 3 - 533 mm Mk.17 Torpedoes
    • 120 mines
    • 4 DCR
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 9238 tons
    • Lenght: 180.2 m
    • Breadth: 16.7 m
    • Draught: 6.5 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 sets De Laval geared steam turbines, 4 Motala 4-drum boilers, 90000 hp
    • Max speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
  • Sources:

Constitución-class Pre-Dreadnought Battleship, Constitución

  • Description:
    • In 1901 Chile sent England to build 2 battleships in the face of a possible war with Argentina, the battleship Constitución was ordered from the firm Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd. of Newcastle-on-Tyne while the second battleship, the Libertad, to another English firm, these ships were designed specifically according to the demands of the Chilean navy since they had to defeat the Argentine battleships Rivadavia and Moreno, Chile also requested that these battleships be longer and narrower so that they could fit into the Chilean docks, in addition to many other modifications unique to Chile, so they were different from the British standard. It was launched into the water at the beginning of 1903 under the Chilean flag and the news appeared in various newspapers of the time, but due to the May Pacts that put an end to the arms race between Chile and Argentina, the battleship was finally purchased by the United Kingdom at the end of 1903, being renamed HMS Swiftsure.
  • Crew:
    • 800
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 2 - 254 mm/45 Armstrong S
    • 14 x 1 - 190 mm/50 Armstrong A
    • 14 x 1 - 76 mm/50 Armstrong Mark I Q.F
    • 6 x 1 - 57 mm/50 6pdr Armstrong Mark I Q.F.
    • 2 - 450 mm Torpedoes (beam, 9)
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 14060 tons
    • Lenght: 146.2 m
    • Breadth: 21.6 m
    • Draught: 7.72 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 3-cyl VTE, 12 large-tube Yarrow boilers, 12500 hp
    • Max speed: 19 knots (35 km/h)
  • Sources:

Constitución-class Pre-Dreadnought Battleship, Libertad

  • Description:
    • The second of the battleships ordered by Chile to be built in England in 1901, the battleship Libertad was in charge of the house of Vickers, Sons and Maxim, of Barrow-in-Furness, being from a different construction house, it carried models of armament different from those of the battleship Constitución, like her brother she was launched in January 1903 under the Chilean flag but due to the May pacts with Argentina the battleship was sold in December 1903 to the United Kingdom and renamed HMS Triumph.
  • Crew:
    • 800
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 2 - 254 mm/45 Vickers A
    • 14 x 1 - 190 mm/50 Vickers B
    • 14 x 1 - 76 mm/50 Vickers Mark II Q.F.
    • 6 x 1 - 57 mm/50 Vickers Mark I Q.F.
    • 2 - 450 mm Torpedoes (beam, 9)
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 14060 tons
    • Lenght: 146.2 m
    • Breadth: 21.6 m
    • Draught: 7.72 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 2 3-cyl VTE, 12 large-tube Yarrow boilers, 12500 hp
    • Max speed: 19 knots (31 km/h)
  • Sources:
Rank 5

Brooklyn-class Cruiser, Capitán Prat (CL-03)

  • Description:
    • It was commissioned in the United States as USS Nashville (CL-43) in 1938, during World War II it served mainly in the Pacific being hit on one occasion by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft, later once its service in the United States ended it was placed in reserve until it was purchased by Chile in 1951, During her service in Chile, her participation during the Beagle conflict stands out, where Chile and Argentina almost went to war in the 80s, this cruiser being one of the most powerful ships that Chile had. It was finally decommissioned in 1982.
  • Crew:
    • 868
  • Armament:
    • 5 x 3 - 152 mm/47 Mk 16
    • 8 x 1 - 127 mm/25 Mk 27
    • 4 x 4 - 40 mm/60 Mk 2
    • 6 x 2 - 40 mm/60 Mk 1
    • 9 x 2 - 20 mm/70 Mk 24
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 13500 tons
    • Lenght: 185.4 m
    • Breadth: 18.8 m
    • Draught: 7.3 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 4 sets Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 100000 hp
    • Max speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h)
  • Sources:

Almirante Latorre-class Battleship, Almirante Cochrane

  • Description:
    • In 1910 Chile ordered to build in England 2 battleships in response to the Argentine and Brazilian battleships. the new class for Chile was unique and was named the Almirante Latorre class. The battleship Cochrane was placed on the slipways in 1913 and while being built for Chile its construction was kept in abeyance due to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, then in 1917 it was purchased by the United Kingdom and using the hull of the battleship Cochrane it was converted into an aircraft carrier and was renamed HMS Eagle although its construction took many years and it was not until 1924 when it was assigned to service active. In 1942 she was sunk by the German submarine U-73. This time I will use the original configuration for Chile under the name of Cochrane.
  • Crew:
    • 1167
  • Armament:
    • 5 x 2 - 356 mm/45 Armstrong A
    • 16 x 1 - 152 mm/50 Armstrong TT
    • 2 x 1 - 76 mm/45 Armstrong Mark I/II Pattern H
    • 4 x 1 - 533 mm Weymouth Mark II***TB
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 32710 tons
    • Lenght: 201.5 m
    • Breadth: 28 m
    • Draught: 9.10 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 4 Brown-Curtis(HP) & Parsons(LP) steam turbines, 21 Yarrow boilers, 55410 hp
    • Max speed: 22.8 knots (42 km/h)
  • Sources:

Brooklyn-class Cruiser, O’Higgins (CL-02)

  • Description:
    • She entered service in the United States in 1937 under the name USS Brooklyn (CL-40), and was in the landing on the southern coast of France where she participated in the land bombardment before the Allied troops landed. He left active duty in the United States in 1947 until 1951 when Chile acquired him. In his service in Chile, his participation in guarding the Chilean coasts against a possible war with Argentina stands out, being one of the most powerful ships of the Chilean Navy in those years, in some photos he is seen wearing a special camouflage. It was finally decommissioned in 1991.
  • Crew:
    • 868
  • Armament:
    • 5 x 3 - 152 mm/47 Mk 16
    • 8 x 1 - 127 mm/25 Mk 27
    • 4 x 4 - 40 mm/60 Mk 2
    • 6 x 2 - 40 mm/60 Mk 1
    • 10 x 2 - 20 mm/70 Mk 24
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 13500 tons
    • Lenght: 185.4 m
    • Breadth: 18.8 m
    • Draught: 7.3 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 4 sets Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 100000 hp
    • Max speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h)
  • Sources:
Rank 6

Almirante Latorre-class Battleship, Almirante Latorre

  • Description:
    • The Almirante Latorre was a super-dreadnought battleship ordered by Chile from England in 1910, was launched into the water in 1913 under the Chilean flag and was scheduled to be delivered in 1915 but due to the outbreak of World War I the United Kingdom requisitioned it and renamed it HMS Canada and offered Chile to return it when the war ended. In 1920 Chile bought back the battleship Latorre, which had received a series of modifications and became the most powerful warship ever operated by Chile and the battleship with the most powerful guns in Latin America. It received several modifications in its service in Chile, highlighting the one in 1938 when it received a catapult for seaplanes and new anti-aircraft armament. For several years she was Chile’s most powerful ship until she was decommissioned in 1959.
  • Crew:
    • 1500
  • Armament: (1938 refit)
    • 5 x 2 - 356 mm/45 Armstrong A (BL Mk I)
    • 14 x 1 - 152 mm/50 Armstrong TT (BL Mk XVII)
    • 4 x 1 - 102 mm/45 Mark V
    • 2 x 1 - 40 mm/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII
    • 10 x 1 - 13.2 mm/76 Hotchkiss
    • 1 x Fairey IIIF Mk.III seaplane
  • Dimensions:
    • Displacement: 33000 tons
    • Lenght: 201.5 m
    • Breadth: 29.9 m
    • Draught: 9.1 m
  • Maneuverability:
    • Machinery: 4 Vickers-Armstrong geared steam turbines, 18 Admiralty boilers, 56,800 hp
    • Max speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
  • Sources:

Special thanks to @COLDOWN who helped me a lot by sharing all the necessary information to make this publication as complete as possible.

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Thanks for the shoutout to my Israeli Naval Tree suggestion. Glad to see all my research into these ships is still of use to other projects like this.

And I do support this idea, so +1 for me! o7

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Thank you for supporting my suggestion and also for doing a great job with Israel’s coastal tree, I hope Israel can get both naval trees so they have all their trees available in the game in the future.

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+1 great suggestion. I think Chile could come to War Thunder in a couple different ways, but its military relationship with Israel would make it compatible as a sub tree as well. Something many War Thunder players complain about is “copy paste” vehicles. While this isn’t something that bothers me, I still am impressed by the number of unique vehicles included in the tree. I also think Chile is also just a great all around choice for a new nation/sub tree as it has vehicles which fit into all of War Thunder’s game modes.

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I tried to add only the unique warships from Chile, I could have artificially enlarged the bluewater tree by adding copies of the same class with slight weapon modifications but I didn’t want to do that since I have always wanted to give Israel quality and the most unique things possible, I think that the only way for Israel to get its bluewater trees would be with the addition of chile, since in Chile we had very good and unique ships, I don’t know if, for example, Turkey had battleships or ships with a large displacement and caliber of canyons like chile, since for me Turkey is my second option for Israel

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What fantastic work and thank you for allowing me to collaborate on this one!

Although it is noted, I believe that Chile and Israel can enrich the content offered by combining a plurinational tree. I don’t think egos will be touched, since the proposal tries to avoid copypaste and simplify its presentation.

However, there are some additional ships that I would have liked to see, either suggested as premiums/collectibles or mentioned; I am referring to those that are generally classified as “old” and that have served for a long time in Chilean hands (Blanco Encalada heavy armoured cruiser and other minor ones).

By the way, im pretty sure the Baquedano and Chipana on these pictures have 120mm/45 Mark IX (or Mark E) guns. As far i know both corvettes and frigates were locally armed and Chile do not have 102mm/45cs in stock for these ships (aside the Latorre Mark V).
Even if I am wrong, the 102 mm/40cs CP Mark XXIII mounting on the Chipana is not that for sure.
The Mark XXIII is this one and the pictures have these ones.
This is the chilean 120mm/45cs Mark IX/E on the Baquedano frigate:

If I were right, It would add more interest to these ships.

Chilean, keep the good job!

Regards
CD

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You are absolutely right, reading my book on the naval history of Chile I realized that the baquedano’s gun is 4.7 inches (120 mm) and the photos fit the 120mm/45 Mark IX gun that you mention, I’m going to fix that, Do you think their BRs have to be modified a little because the cannons are 120 mm and not 102 mm? The book also mentions a slightly different armament configuration on the smaller machine guns.

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Somekind of similar warships:

So Baquedano with:

  • 2x1 120mm/45cs Mk.E (other sources mentions 1x1 120mm/45cs and 1x1 102mm/40cs)
  • 2x1 40mm/56cs
  • 4x1 20mm/70cs
  • ASW

Being the 120mm/45cs Mk.E:

  • Rate: 9.
  • Broadside: 2 gs.
  • Broadside rate: 18 spm.
  • Weight: 22.0 kg.
  • Speed: 810 mps.
  • Range: 14.9 km.

I would say:

  • 3.3 or 3.7 are just fine.
  • 3.3 will be more funny :D
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When I went to the Chilean naval museum I also took these photos and it mentions that the 76mm guns are of another model so I will also correct that, in addition the fast attack boats like the Quidora are supposed to operate 2 different types of torpedoes being these the Weymouth Mark IV and Mark VII.

76 mm cannon of the Armored Cruiser O’Higgins



Weymouth Mark IV torpedo tail


Weymouth Mark VII Torpedo Tail



I’m hooked, this looks great. do you ever think we’ll see the Almirante Riveros?

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mmm that name sounds familiar to me, it must be one of the brothers of one of the Chilean ships that I added, is it a destroyer by chance? right now I don’t remember