January 6, 2021 (Google Translation) – In a military ceremony presided over by the President of the Republic of Colombia, Doctor Iván Duque Márquez in the company of the First Lady María Juliana Ruíz de Duque, as well as the Vice President of the Republic of Colombia Doctor Martha Lucía Ramírez de Rincón, the Minister of National Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo García, Insignia Officers of the Military Leadership, the Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea in Colombia and civil authorities of the country, the christening of the Corvette ARC “Almirante Tono”, the raising of the flag and the presentation of the godmother Juliana Márquez Tono, who from now on will act as the guide and good star who will attend to the fate of the entire crew in charge of contributing to the Defense and Security of the interests of the Nation.
This strategic unit from the Republic of South Korea will provide its services in the Caribbean to strengthen the Security and Defense of the Colombian maritime territory, the preservation of life at sea, humanitarian support and search and rescue operations, as well as control and surveillance for the optimal use and exploitation of maritime resources.
Additionally, this surface unit will exercise control of the sea in Colombian jurisdictional waters, contributing significantly to the development of the Pentagonal Strategy of the Naval Institution, in the fundamental roles of Defense and Security, Environmental Security, Comprehensive Maritime Security and International projection.
The donation process for this unit is part of the spirit of cooperation between two nations that dates back to the 1950s, through the participation of the Colombian Navy in the Korean War.
On the other hand, according to naval traditions, the presentation of the ship’s godmother, Mrs. Juliana Márquez Tono, was made, representing the presence of women in the life of each sailor, being the lyrical symbol of the mother, wife and daughter That tempers with its firm softness the spirit of the warrior of the sea.
RELEVANT ASPECTS OF THE UNIT
· This is the third ship baptized with that name in the Colombian Navy. The first of them was the ARC Frigate “Captain Tono”, which had the important participation in the Korean War in 1952, serving firmly at sea; followed by the ARC Destroyer “Almirante Tono”, transferred by the United States Navy in 1968 and deactivated in Colombia at the end of 1978.
· On October 3, 2020, the ship set sail from the “Jinhae” Naval Base under the command of the Frigate Captain Nelson Eduardo Hernández
Romero with 61 crew members on board, bound for the ARC “Bolívar” Naval Base, where it docked on the 24th November, sailing a total of 51 days, 10,581 miles, visiting the ports of Apra Harbor on Guham Island, Honolulu in Hawaii, San Diego in the United States, passing through the Panama Canal and crossing the 180 ° meridian.
It is important to highlight that Colombia has maintained a relationship of friendship and strategic cooperation with Korea, the acquisition of this new unit constitutes another example of the regional positioning and optimal results of the alliances that strengthen the strategic and dissuasive capacities of the country.