Jun 27, 2017 – As part of the Permanent Replacement Program for Surface Units of the Mexican Navy, this afternoon the ARM “CHICHÉN-ITZÁ” (PC-340) Coastal Patrol Boot Ceremony was held at the Shipyard Of Marina Number “One” of the Secretariat of Marine, based in Tampico, Tamaulipas, which will have the mission of carrying out surveillance, interdiction, deterrence, search, rescue, rescue and combat activities Unlawful at sea, in order to maintain the rule of law and safeguard human life in Mexican marine areas.
The Botadura Ceremony was presided over by Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, Secretary of the Navy, and Mrs. María Cristina García Cepeda, Secretary of Culture, godmother of the ship, who were accompanied by Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca, Governor of the State Of Tamaulipas, among other naval, military and civil authorities.
Speaking at the time, Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, Secretary of the Navy, said that “today we are witnessing the beginning of the life of a ship of our Navy.” “It is a low-cost unit of operation whose design and features provide tactical-operational value to the work of naval personnel to safeguard and protect the safety of seas, coasts and national ports.”
He said that “with this, we fulfill our duty to be a Navy that strives at all times to boost the naval industry and contribute to the development of the national maritime sector.”
He added that the Ministry of the Navy is an “Institution that supports society, since in a year of activities are generated on average more than 17 thousand direct and indirect jobs among the population involved in this activity.”
He added that “the construction of ships is part of the strategic vision and the effort that the Government of the Republic and this Institution carry out to promote national maritime development.”
In this context, he said that “with the transfer, in its totality, of 103 Port Captaincies to our Institution, we now have a Maritime Authority that will consolidate a highly competitive port system. A Maritime Authority in which we have combined the experience of the Merchant Navy and naval personnel. A Maritime Authority backed by the Coast Guard, which will allow us to live up to the most developed ports in the world. ”
María Cristina García Cepeda, Secretary of Culture, said she was proud to be the godmother of the “CHICHÉN ITZÁ” patrol and to witness the talent and capacity of the women and men who work in this Navy Shipyard Number One. Dedication, passion and discipline we must build this unit of surface that gives Mexico a vessel of excellence to serve the security of our seas.
To the crew of the Coastal Patrol ARM “CHICHÉN ITZÁ” (PC-340) wished them “success in the fulfillment of their missions, good sea in each crossing and the most serene and favorable winds for their return home.”
In his speech, Vice-Admiral José Félix de Jesús Bárcenas Pazos, Director of the “One” Navy Yard, provided the main characteristics of the ARM “CHICHÉN-ITZÁ” (PC-340) Coastal Patrol, as well as its mission, Operational importance and versatility. He also affirmed that “in the Marine Dock Number” One “, our commitment is and will remain, to continue working until we achieve the mission entrusted: Serving Mexico”.
With these actions, the Navy-Navy Secretariat of Mexico as National Maritime Authority reaffirms its commitment to maintain the rule of law in Mexican marine areas to consolidate Mexico’s presence on the high seas and strengthen internal security and foreign defense, for which There is a need to continue to increase the operational response capacity with ships that have new technologies and greater response capacities, as well as to continue promoting the naval industry to contribute to the maritime development of our country.