Friday, March 22, 2013

Global Impact: Mexican Navy Sailing Ship, "Cuauhtemoc," to Set Sail April 12, To Visit 14 Nations

According to EFE, the Mexican Navy’s training ship, the three-masted Cuauhtemoc, has received approval of the Senate in Mexico City to sail on a seven-month training cruise that will take it to fourteen nations in the Americas and Europe.

The “Europa 2013” mission is designed to deliver a message of peace and goodwill from México, as well as to promote some of the country’s states as cultural and tourism destinations.

Under Mexican law, only the Senate can approve the deployment of armed forces members outside the country’s borders.

The training cruise will start on April 12 and return to Acapulco on November 15.

COMMENT: The sailing ship will visit Balboa, Panama; Havana, Cuba; Norfolk, Virginia; Bordeaux, France; Rouen, France; Den Helder, Netherlands; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Lisbon, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; and Cartagena, Colombia, among other ports.

The vessel will carry a crew of 204, including officers, non-commissioned officers and sailors, along with 74 cadets.

The ship was constructed by Spain’s Astilleros de Celaya SA shipyard in the early 1980s.