February 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – Between the 1st and 5th of February the BIO A-33 “Hespérides” received the visit of the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities. Mr. D. Duke, accompanied by the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy. Mr. D. Teodoro López Calderón, the Ambassador of Spain in Chile. Mr. Enrique Ojeda Vila, the Secretary of State for Defense. Mr. D. Ángel Olivares Ramírez and the Army Chief of Staff of the Army. Mr. Francisco Javier Varela Salas, as well as other authorities of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and of the Ministry of Defense.
During their stay they developed an intense institutional program, which included a visit to the Spanish Antarctic Base (BAE) “Juan Carlos I” to inaugurate its recent remodeling, assistance to the BAE “Gabriel de Castilla”, participation in a commemorative ceremony held in the Chilean base “Escudero” and the match in the Chilean base “O’Higgins”. In addition, they were able to see first-hand the activity of the scientists aboard the “Hespérides” during the sampling at Punta Hannah (Livingston Island, in the Shetlands of the South archipelago), and at Rada Covadonga and Bahía Esperanza (at the Antarctic Peninsula).