The striking Cuauhtémoc Naval training ship is sailing around the country as part of the Mexican Navy’s Bicentennial celebration. The Puerto Peñasco Naval Sector details the ship is expected in waters off our coasts on Friday, May 21st at approximately 2:00 p.m. The ship is programmed to remain in the area only until early Saturday evening, May 22nd.
A press release detailed the Cuauhtémoc carries cadets from the Heroic Military Naval School and students of the Merchant Marine Schools of Mexico. The training ship is sailing through Mexican ports to reinforce the cadets’ and students’ seafaring skills, as well as academic and cultural knowledge, while transmitting a message of peace and goodwill.
This is the first time the “Ambassador and Gentleman/Knight of the Seas” will make its way to Puerto Peñasco. Members of the community may visit the ship on May 22, from 09:00 to 14:00 at the anchoring point, in groups of no more than 40 people, with limited advance tickets available (contact Eco Fun Rentals for more information and availability).
200th Anniversary of the Mexican Navy
The Mexican Navy’s Bicentennial Training Voyage began on April 5th, when the Cuauhtémoc sailed from the port of Acapulco, Guerrero, splitting the waters of the Mexican Pacific. This particular voyage will last 195 days in all, with several stops at ports and points of nautical interest.
Under the motto: “For the exaltation of the maritime spirit”, Captains, Officers, Cadets, Classes and Mariners have strengthened mind and spirit aboard the Cuauhtémoc for more than 38 years. Over this time, the ship has visited 215 ports in 62 countries on 5 continents, for a total of 6,042 days at sea and 778,252 logged nautical miles. This is equivalent to approximately 35 laps around the world.
The Bicentennial celebration heralds the beginnings of an independent Mexico. On October 4, 1821, General Agustin de Iturbide decreed the creation of the Ministry of War and Navy as the young Mexican state was faced with the need of a Navy to safeguard National Sovereignty. This fell under the leadership of Lieutenant Antonio de Medina Miranda, and launched the history of the Mexican Navy.