June 11, 2020 (Google Translation) – The waters of the Bay of Cartagena were the natural setting that adorned the departure ceremony of the ARC School Ship “Gloria” to start the Grumetes Training Cruise of the ARC Naval School of Noncommissioned Officers “Barranquilla”.
In compliance with the Biosafety protocols established for the containment of the pandemic, the military act of departure took place on the main dock of the ARC Naval Base “Bolívar”, chaired by Mr. Vice Admiral Andrés Vásquez Villegas, Commander of the Force Naval del Caribe, who, accompanied by the staff of the Component Commanders, witnessed the start of the Cruise of the Colombian Ambassador in the Seas.
On this occasion, 44 students from the Naval School of Non-commissioned Officers will put into practice the knowledge acquired in classrooms in areas such as sailing, basic and advanced meteorology, breakdown control, international regulations for the prevention of boarding and leadership talks by part of the Unit Commander.
The training cruise that started in Cartagena, during the next 30 days will sail the waters of the Caribbean and visit Cayo Serrana Island, Roncador, Providencia and San Andrés.
On board the Unit 73 crew members will sail, accompanied by an Official representative of the National Army, the Colombian Air Force and the National Police, who will live the experience of sailing for the first time.
The ARC “Gloria” School Ship since its creation has sailed a total of 858,042 nautical miles, which represents having traveled the world 41 times, for a total of 8847 days at sea, visiting 520 ports in 77 countries leaving in high the national tricolor.