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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 10:06 p.m. PST

"In April 2018, Flavio Gustavo Arce San Martin a vice admiral in the Bolivian navy inaugurated an institute in La Paz for studying how to best protect and administer Bolivia's maritime interests. It's a typical institutional foundation for any navy.

Except Bolivia has no coastline, because the country is landlocked.

From 1879 to 1883, Chile went to war with Bolivia and Peru in the War of the Pacific over the Mars-like Atacama Desert the driest region on earth not on a pole. Chile won. In the aftermath, Bolivia lost direct access to the sea, and these territorial reversals have lingered on in the 135 years hence. The three countries still have territorial disputes.

Yet today, Bolivia still has a navy of some 4,800 personnel including 600 marines, although the actual fleet is comprised of a handful of U.S.-supplied river and lake patrol vessels, with the largest concentrated in Lake Titicaca, the continent's largest lake one of the world's highest…."
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