Re: Battleship Vanguard offered to Chile in 1959



KDR wrote:
Britain's last battleship HMS Vanguard was offered to Chile along with
three Jamaica class cruisers and six Battle class destroyers in 1959.

http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1958-60v05/d28

28. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the United
Kingdom1

Washington, December 4, 1959?8:34 p.m.

4410. Department increasingly concerned seemingly indiscriminate offer
naval vessels by UK to LA countries in disregard economic drain and
danger armaments race, increasing tensions. We refer immediately to
Peru-Chile situation, also affecting Ecuador, Argentina, etc.
Therefore request you approach Foreign Office along following lines:

(1) We have recent reports following UK sales or offers: (a) cruiser
Newfoundland sold to Peru and cruiser Ceylon reportedly sold (Peruvian
Embassy informed us December 1 of latter purchase, one week after
conveying GOP?s categorical assurance there would be no purchase
second cruiser, although now reported may have been secretly purchased
same time as first); (b) battleship Vanguard, 3 Jamaica class cruisers
and 6 Battle class destroyers offered to Chile; (c) Peruvian report
cruiser Ceylon offered to Ecuador and possibly Chile which GOP gives
as excuse Peruvian purchase; (d) three Battle class destroyers offered
to Argentina.


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Considering the scale of American arms sales to South American
countries during this period a certain amount of hypocrisy is clearly
present. It was the US that sold the cruisers Phoenix and Boise
to the Argentine navy as well as a numner of Fletcher, Gearing
and Sumner class destroyers and 4 submarines as well as a bunch
of A-4 Skyhawks

When it comes to the Chilean Navy they were quite happy to
supply a couple of Brooklyn Class cruisers as well as Fletcher
and Sumner class DD's

Keith


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