antarctica Vicecomodoro Marambio

Base Marambio, Seymour Island

95.5348 Base Esperanza, Antarctic Peninsula
245.0334 Carlini, South Shetland Islands
246.9319 Yankee Harbour, South Shetland Islands
248.3321 Ash Point, South Shetland Islands
256.7331SCRM Teniente Rodolfo Marsh, South Shetland Islands
270.8340 Ferraz Base, South Shetland Islands

1969 to present

64 14 27.55 secs S - 56 37 29.76 secs W
Seymour Island, Antarctica
Elevation: 232 feet

The first air explorations conducted by the Argentine Air Force date from 1951 when Vicecomodoro (Lieutenant Colonel) Marambio flew over Margarita Bay in the north east of the Antarctic Peninsula with the Avro Lincoln registration LV-ZEI called Cruz del Sur
Founded on October 29 1969, Marambio air base is open during the whole year. During the winter the base has an average of 55 crew members, but during the summers the population of the base can grow to 150.
The base has 27 buildings in a total area of 4,278 m2 of which 1,155 are used for accommodation. Has a 45 m2 medical suite attended by 1 doctor and 3 paramedic.
The 1200 m long rock runway is used by Argentine air force DHC-6 Twin Otter and C-130 Hercules that usually fly from Rio Gallegos or Ushuaia in southeast Argentina.
VII Air Brigade deploys helicopters to Marambio during the summer (December-March) to resupply peninsula bases and support the international scientific campaign. Helicopters are normally airlifted by C-130 but the big ones had to complete a 6 hours flight from Tierra del Fuego. Chinooks performed the first Drake Passage crossing in November 1980 and nowadays continues with Mi-17.
Marambio and all other argentine antarctic bases are resupply during the summer by the icebreaker ARA Almirante Irizar with the Navy Sea King or Army Super Puma onboard. The icebreaker caught fire in 2007 and since then a Russian vessel with a Ka-32 helicopter is leased. The helicopters are essential to resupply the bases in order to them survive the hard anctarctic winter

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1978/    AR VII Brigada Aerea412 2013/   
Mi-171E 2011/   
MD369E / MD500E 1996/   
CH-47C Chinook 1980/02
212 1978/   
S-61 H-3 1974/90
205 1969/10
369 / 500 / H-6 1968/   


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1974-dec crashAR Fuerza Aerea ArgentinaUH-1D IroquoisH-10
1976-dec crashAR Fuerza Aerea ArgentinaUH-1H IroquoisH-16
1980-nov AR Fuerza Aerea ArgentinaCH-47C ChinookH-91

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