February 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – ARC “Gloria”, the flagship of the Colombian Navy, set sail from the main dock of the ARC Naval Base “Bolívar”, with the first contingent of future Marine Corps. Accompanied by civil and military authorities in the region, the departure ceremony that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first cruise around the world, was chaired by the Commander of the Caribbean Naval Force, Vice Admiral Andrés Vásquez Villegas.
The floating Ambassador of Colombia in the seas, as the Naval Institution School Ship is also known, sails for the first time in its history with 83 young Marines.
These students, who make a military career at the Marine Corps Training School, are the first of the five cruises of the year that the ARC “Gloria” is scheduled to complete; in it they will visit the national ports of Santa Marta, where they will be from February 22 to 26 at the Dock No. 1 of the Port Society, and San Andres Island from March 1 to 5, at the dock of the Port Society of the capital from the Archipelago department, returning to Cartagena on March 9.
These young students, who are in training on board since February 14, will sail for 18 days, in which they will receive training and instruction in seamen, astronomical navigation, electronics and meteorology, among other disciplines necessary for military naval training and performance as future Petty Officers of the Marine Corps, “strong arm” of the Colombian Navy.
As part of the crew that will sail the waters of the Caribbean Sea under the command of Mr. Captain de Rubio Javier Rubio Barrera, is an Officer of the National Army, one of the Colombian Air Force and one of the National Police.
With the purpose of continuing to contribute to the development of maritime power and the protection of the interests of Colombians, the Colombian Navy will continue to generate these types of initiatives that allow the formation of Officers, NCOs and Marines that make up the Institution and They contribute mainly to the safety of the riverine arteries of Colombia.