The main mission of the Chilean Navy is to participate in Chile’s foreign security and military defense on an ongoing basis, thereby safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity. In support of this mission, it acts in times of peace and conflict. The Chilean Navy is the extension of the state towards the sea, where Chile has commitments and responsibilities in an area covering approximately 26,476,005. Km2 of ocean compared to the 750,096 Km2 of our South American continental insular territory.
In this vast ocean, our Navy protects human life by assuming search and rescue responsibilities in addition to the monitoring of maritime traffic. Within the Exclusive Economic Zone the Chilean Navy monitors an area covering approximately 4,542,990. Km2 ensuring the prevention of depredation of natural resources in an effort to protect the ecosystem from unauthorized activities. We also contribute with oceanographic research in the adjacent zone of up to 24 nautical miles from the Chilean coast line where we in addition, also strive to prevent drug trafficking and other illegal activities.