From July 24 to August 10, Chile is the scene of an important international training of special operations.
This exercise brings together more than 1,700 soldiers from special operations units from Chile, Spain and the United States. In the case of the host country, the exercise served as the basis for the formation of a Joint Special Operations Command to coordinate the different elite units of the Army (Lautaro Special Operations Brigade), the Navy (Special Forces Command, COMFUES) and the Air Force (Special Forces Group) of that country.
As reported by EMAD, Spain is represented by the Joint Special Operations Command (MCOE) and by the three special operations forces of the Armed Forces: the Operations Command Special Forces (MOE) of the Army, the Parachute Sappers Squadron (EZAPAC) of the Air Force and the Special Naval Warfare Force (FGNE) of the Navy. In turn, the US sends troops under its Joint Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). You can see here the video presentation of this exercise:
You can see below some photos of the exercise that have been published by the US Air Force and the Chilean Army.
Spanish soldiers during a phase of the exercise in Antofagasta. The initials CCT are for Combat Control Team. These operators work as air traffic controllers behind enemy lines.
Another image of this group of Spanish operators. The acronym JTAC stands for Joint Terminal Attack Controller. These operators are dedicated to directing attack operations and close air support by air assets in very advanced positions or even behind enemy lines.
Operators from several countries in Antofagasta, in the Atacama desert. In the image you can see several Spanish soldiers with camouflage pants M09 Ejercito pixelated wooded, used by the Army.
A Lockheed AC-130J Ghostrider gunship of the 73rd Special Operations Squadron of the United States Air Force (USAF) in Chile. In the background is a Bell 412 of the Chilean Air Force.
Spanish operators in Antofagasta. They carry Heckler & Koch HK416 assault rifles.
Chilean, Spanish and American operators next to a CASA C-212 Aviocar of the Chilean Air Force, for a skydive jump.
A Chilean Air Force JTAC with a member of the US Army Special Forces in Antofagasta.
A Spanish JTAC during the integration phase of the exercise developed in Antofagasta.
M1165 Humvees of the Chilean Army, belonging to the Lautaro Special Operations Brigade, during the exercise.
A Chilean Humvee from the Lautaro Special Operations Brigade disembarking in Punta Arenas from a Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport plane of the USAF 39th Airlift Squadron, on July 28.
Another image of the landing of Chilean Humvees of the Lautaro Brigade from a USAF C-130J.
A Spanish JTAC in Antofagasta, during the integration phase of the exercise.
Spanish operators armed with HK416 rifles, in Antofagasta.
A Spanish JTAC together with a United States military in Antofagasta.
A Spanish CCT in Antofagasta.
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