Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 (CSS-11) and the Peruvian Submarine BAP Pisagua (SS-33), a German-built Kind 209 submarine (SSK), partnered as much as improve and conduct coaching at Naval Base Level Loma (NBPL) as a part of the Diesel-Electrical Submarine Initiative (DESI) program, on Aug. 19, coinciding with their submarine power’s 111th birthday. The workers of CSS-11 welcomed their South American companions on the pier adopted by lunch, kicking off what each count on to be the start of a profitable partnership. DESI, established in 2001 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command, is a global program led by Commander, Submarine Power Atlantic, which works to boost the Navy’s functionality to function with diesel-electric submarines by collaborating with South American navies. In the course of the two-month bi-lateral coaching, Pisagua will take part in a mess of various workouts, to incorporate floor, air, and sub-surface anti-submarine warfare (ASW) workouts, a provider strike group composite unit coaching train and a maritime patrol reconnaissance plane train.

“Anytime you might be afforded the chance to sharpen your warfighting expertise with an in depth ally, you’ll be able to’t assist however be excited. Our hope is that they study as a lot from us, as we’ll study from them. We’re very assured that we’ll depart this train higher geared up to perform our mission, due to the abilities and instruments we may have acquired from the expertise. I imagine we each share the frequent objective of desirous to be the most effective, and to be the most effective, it’s a must to prepare such as you battle,” mentioned Lt. Cecilia Cajandig, the CSS-11 liaison officer for Pisagua.


“Every year, Submarine Squadron 11 appears ahead to DESI and we’re excited this yr to be working with our Peruvian counterparts. The US’ alliances and partnerships are a permanent energy, and coaching with high-end diesel submarines, like Pisagua, offers us the chance to keep up our aggressive edge crucial within the undersea area. These engagements assist strengthen the bonds between our nations,” mentioned Capt. Ken Douglas, commodore, CSS-11.

Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 welcomes Peruvian sailors aboard submarine BAP Pisagua (SS 33) to Naval Base Level Loma on Aug. 19 in help of the Diesel-Electrical Submarine Initiative program. (U.S. Navy picture by Electronics Technician third Class Bruce Morgan/Launched)

Sailors aboard Pisagua will even have interaction in coaching ashore at Naval Base Level Loma. The Submarine Coaching Facility San Diego will host the Peruvian Sailors for classroom and sensible coaching. This contains preventing simulated fires on the firefighting coach and studying expertise to fight flooding within the harm management staff coach. Peru continues to supply invaluable help to this premier international submarine train program. In the course of the previous 19 years, Peruvian submarines have participated in plenty of fleet workouts and tactical growth occasions with the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. The Peruvian Navy operates a complete fleet of six SSKs. Notably, Peru is the most important submarine power in South America and is the second oldest within the Western Hemisphere. CSS-11 is predicated at Naval Base Level Loma and consists of 4 Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines, the floating dry dock ARCO (ARDM 5) and Undersea Rescue Command (URC). The squadron workers is liable for offering coaching, materials and personnel readiness help for every of those items.

BAP Pisagua (SS-33) is considered one of two Kind 209/1200 submarines ordered by the Peruvian Navy on 21 March 1977. It was constructed by the German shipbuilder Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG at its shipyard in Kiel. It’s named after the battle of Pisagua which happened between Chilean warships and Peruvian coastal artillery on 2 November 1879. Whereas present process sea trials within the North Sea, it collided with a Soviet ship on 8 April 1982 and suffered harm which delayed its commissioning. It will definitely arrived to its homeport of Callao in 1983. The Kind 209 is a category of diesel-electric assault submarine developed solely for export by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft of Germany. The unique variant (Kind 209/1100) was designed within the late Nineteen Sixties. The category is solely designed for export market. Regardless of not being operated by the German Navy, 5 variants of the category (209/1100, 209/1200, 209/1300, 209/1400 and 209/1500) have been efficiently exported to 13 international locations, with 61 submarines being constructed and commissioned between 1971 and 2008.

During her stay, the Pisagua will participate in a multitude of different exercises, to include surface, air, and sub-surface anti-submarine warfare exercises.
Throughout her keep, the Pisagua will take part in a mess of various workouts, to incorporate floor, air, and sub-surface anti-submarine warfare workouts. (U.S. Navy picture by Electronics Technician third Class Bruce Morgan/Launched)