July 24, 2021 (Google Translation) – In the Specific Command of San Andrés and Providencia, different events were held in commemoration of the 198-year anniversary of the Naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo and the Day of the Colombian Navy.
This important celebration began with a Mass at St. Jude Chapel in gratitude to the God of the Sea for helping us fulfill the mission of exercising sovereignty and security in the seas and rivers of the country, becoming one of the institutions most beloved Colombians.
Subsequently, a military ceremony was held at the facilities of the Captain Samuel May Corpus Coast Guard Station, with the participation of the different components of the Specific Command of San Andrés y Providencia, and which was attended by civil, military authorities, police officers, in which distinctions were awarded to military personnel with the Antonio Nariño and Almirante Padilla medals, for their distinguished services.
On the other hand, in the pedestrian of Spratt Bight in the center of the Island of San Andrés, a marine stand was installed, in which tourists, locals, islanders and the general public were shown the capacities, components, specialties, uniforms, functions and the mission carried out by the Colombian Navy, an activity that was accompanied by the Naval Social Action and encouraged by the personnel of the station Marina Stereo San Andrés, gave handcuffs, sweets and flyers.
By commemorating 198 years of the Naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo, the Colombian Navy is consolidated as a strategic Force for the defense and integral security of the Nation, contributing to the stabilization and consolidation of the national territory and the defense of maritime interests, exercising Naval Power in the maritime, fluvial and terrestrial space under its responsibility, respecting the established norms in relation to the respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
The Colombian Navy in the Archipelago department, exercises sovereignty, security and environmental activities, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction due to the passage of hurricanes Eta and Iota and Comprehensive Action, as well as ratifying once again, its commitment to Protect the Blue of the Flag.