At the departure ceremony for the training ship Gloria, in Cartagena, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón called on the cadets who were beginning their voyage to 13 foreign ports to tell the world that thanks to the efforts of the members of government forces, the country has a promising future today. On April 20, Minister Pinzón bid farewell to 168 crew members departing on the Gloria’s 71st training cruise, which will visit 13 foreign ports and participate in two large gatherings of sailing ships from around the world.
At the ceremony, the minister stated that the positive moment that the country is experiencing is largely due to the great deal of work done by the country’s Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and police officers, for which reason he called on the departing crew to act as true ambassadors during their journey, telling the world how the country is today.
“Tell the world that thanks to your work, to the work of your comrades in the Military and the National Police, this country is a better country, it’s a country with hope, it’s a country with a great future,” the minister said upon seeing off the flagship.
During its voyage, ARC Gloria will sail more than 15,000 nautical miles in 199 days and will visit the ports of Mayport, New York, Norfolk, Baltimore, and Boston in the United States, then cross the Atlantic Ocean to the ports of Cádiz and Barcelona in Spain; Monaco; Civitavecchia, Italy, Piraeus, Greece; Alexandria, Egypt; Lisbon, Portugal; and Falmouth, Jamaica, returning to Cartagena on November 5.
“Tell the world that we’re defeating terrorism in Colombia, and we’re combating drug trafficking and all kinds of transnational crime, and we’re restoring Colombians’ constitutional rights and human rights,” the head of the Defense Ministry added.
During the voyage of more than six months, the 81 cadets, including 10 women, will receive training in seamanship, astronomical navigation, electronics, and meteorology, among other disciplines needed for their service as future Colombian Navy officers.