August 24, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Juan Sebastián De Elcano training ship begins its XCIII Midshipman Instruction Cruise in which it is scheduled to make its eleventh round the world, as one of the most important milestones of the Commemoration of the V Centenary of the First Round the World.
The ship set sail this morning from the La Carraca Naval Base, instead of from Cádiz as is usually traditional, as most of the institutional acts due to the COVID pandemic have been canceled.
During the instructional cruise, the ship plans to visit the most relevant places of the “MAGALLANES / ELCANO” expedition, such as San Julián Bay (Argentina), the Strait of Magellan (Chile), the island of Guam (USA). ), the Philippine Islands and the Moluccan Islands (Indonesia) on dates that coincide with the V Centenary of the expedition’s stopovers.
This training cruise will be atypical and will be marked by the uncertainty imposed by the current situation of the pandemic. In this context, the Navy will constantly study the evolution of the pandemic and make the appropriate decisions bearing in mind that the priority is the security of the crew.
During the first part of the world tour, the ship will go without Midshipmen. Boarding is scheduled to take place during the ship’s stopover in Guayaquil (Ecuador) that will take place between December 5 and 10, 2020. Thereafter, the current teaching program will be developed that will end on December 14 July 2021 when the instructional cruise ends.