In 2018 the Chilean Navy will celebrate its Bicentennial, under the theme "Chilean Navy, 200 years navigating to the service of the country with tradition and vision" with an extensive program that will culminate with the XI version of EXPONAVAL. Some important moments for the Chilean Navy two hundred years ago were: Valparaíso Naval Combat, the departure of the First National Fleet, the foundation of the Academy of Young Midshipmen, base of the current Naval Academy, and also the creation of the National Merchant Marine. The XI version of this international Fair expects to have the presence of 160 international exhibitors and more than 9,000 professional international visitors, including the invitation to more than 70 delegations of navies around the world. The “Base Aeronaval Concón”, located in the sector of Torquemada, will host this exhibition for third time. This location has great advantages thanks to the military installations of Chilean Navy as well as the civil infrastructure of the aerodrome located next to it,
sharing a spacious runway and undercover and open areas. The Base is just a few minutes away from the center of Viña del Mar and the port of Valparaíso, with direct access from Santiago and its airport via the International Route. In the context of EXPONAVAL 2018, will be held the XI version of the International Congress, that includes a comprehensive program of technical conferences related to review new challenges, new developed techniques and relevant advances in order to face global multifaceted changes of this naval and maritime sector.