January 14, 2019 (Google Translation) – Yesterday, January 13, the “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” Ship-School sailed from the port of Cádiz to begin the XCI Instruction Cruise.
The official departure was presided over by the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy. The main civil and military authorities of the Bay of Cádiz also attended.
The ship, commanded by the captain Ignacio Paz García, has a crew consisting of 20 officers, 20 non-commissioned officers, 148 soldiers of the Mariner and Troop scale, and 2 civilian teachers. In addition, in the current cruise, the sailboat of the Navy will take on board 70 midshipmen belonging to the 421st promotion of the General Corps and 151st of the Marine Infantry.
The ships that accompanied the departure of Juan Sebastián de Elcano carried on this occasion, the flag with the V Centennial badge of the Round the World.
The purpose of the Instructional Cruise aboard the “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” School Ship is to contribute to the integral formation (military, marine, technical, socio-cultural, ethical-human and physical) of the embarked students, through instruction and training at sea and in port. Likewise, the external action of the State is supported by the naval presence in various ports.
During the next six months, the vessel will visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Cartagena de Indias, Veracruz, Pensacola, Havana, Boston, Lisbon, Szczecin, Kiel, Getaria, Gecho and Marín, returning to Cádiz on the 21st of July.