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Ambassador Silverstein Visits Uruguayan Antarctic Base

"Base Artigas" is the main scientific base for the Uruguayan Antarctic Institute

Posted: March 31, 2005

U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, Martin J. Silverstein, was recently invited by the Uruguayan Air Force and the Uruguayan Antarctic Institute (IAU) to visit their Antarctic base "Base Cientifica Antartica Artigas" (BCAA) located in the Fildes Peninsula on King George Island (South Shetland Islands), approximately 600 miles south of the southern tip of South America.

Established in 1984, the base carries out ionospheric research as well as a variety of ecological and other scientific work. It is a permanent all year round installation with a summer complement of 30 and an over wintering complement of 12, serviced both by the Uruguayan Navy and the Uruguayan Air Force who fly C-130 Hercules into the airfield "Rodolfo Marsh" attached to the nearby Chilean base "Eduardo Frei".

The Ambassador accompanied a delegation of scientific researchers, Antarctic tourists, and technical support personnel traveling to the base. The mission was headed by IAU's director of logistics, Navy Capt. Daniel Ressia.


Uruguayan Air Force Hercules C-130 approaching Fildes Peninsula
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The Hercules lands at "Rodolfo Marsh" airfield
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Carrier transport arriving at the base
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View of the BCAA installations
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Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein arriving at the base
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Over 9,000 miles to New York City
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Col Tabaré Villaamil (Uruguayan Air Force), Major Gustavo Allende (BCAA commander), Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein, and Mrs. Beatriz Siola de Villaamil.
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Col and Mrs. Villaamil, Lt Col Carlos Cabara (IAU), Major Allende, Lt Col Dennis Harvey (Chilean Base commander), Mrs. Audrey Silverstein, Ambassador Silverstein, and Capt. Daniel Ressia
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Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein enjoying the scenery around the Fildes Peninsula
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