Chilean Training Ship Esmeralda Begins 57th Instructional Voyage
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, accompanied by Defense Minister Andrés Allamand and by the commander-in-chief of the Navy, Admiral Edmundo González, saw off the training ship Esmeralda at the start of its 57th instructional voyage, which will last 260 days.
In bidding farewell to the ship’s 321 crew members, who include 34 women, the president told them to “take advantage of this trip to educate yourselves as sailors, to become better people, and take advantage of this trip to give Chile a very good reputation.”
Likewise, he sent special greetings “to the officers from friendly countries who are accompanying you on this voyage, from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, and of course, also the representatives from other branches of the Armed Forces, from the Air Force, the Army, the Carbineros (the national paramilitary police), and the Investigative Police.”
This year’s voyage will be the longest that the Esmeralda has made in its over 55 years of Navy service and the second time it will sail around the world, which it did for the first time in 1988.