On Monday, September 7, at dock No. 5 of the South Naval Base in Guayaquil, the farewell ceremony of the Guayas School Ship was held, which was attended by Grad. Luis Lara Jaramillo, head of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces .AA; Rear Admiral Darwin Jarrín Cisneros, Commander General of the Navy and the naval high command.
This training cruise for 49 midshipmen of the fourth year of the Naval Superior School “Cmdte. Rafael Morán Valverde ”has a staff of 13 officers and 78 crew members, who set sail for a new training tour for midshipmen and training for the ship’s crew.
During boarding, they will complete the pre-professional practices, which will allow them to develop the competencies of the occupational profile at the end of their training period, strengthening their naval spirit and their vocation as warfarers.
The global pandemic due to covid-19, generated changes in the route of this cruise and forced to suspend the planned visit to sister countries, however the instruction process of the gaurdiamarinas had to be carried out, since it is part of the academic curriculum, for this reason, the planning of the cruises was restructured in three phases; the current one is the second phase that lasts for 60 days and will call in the ports of Salinas, Manabí, Puerto Bolívar, Esmeraldas and Galapagos.
Rear Admiral Daniel Gínez Villacís, Commander of Naval Operations in his speech stated that “… the midshipmen are about to start their first voyages in the best naval life school, the ship will give them the best experience of their training and they will ratify the reason for their joining the Navy, teaching them to care for, love and respect our sea (…) Being a sailor is not a job, it is a way of life ”.
Major General Luis Lara Jaramillo, accompanied by Rear Admiral Darwin Jarrín Cisneros, fired the midshipmen.
While the Vicar of the Armed Forces, Father César León Barahona, prayed to bless the staff of officers, crew members, midshipmen and the Guayas School Ship, so that the Almighty would take care of and protect them at all times during their journey at sea.
The Guayas School Ship, “Itinerant Ambassador of Ecuador through the seas of the world”, has the mission of complementing the professional training of the Midshipmen of the Naval Higher School, contributing to the increase of their maritime knowledge and integrating them into life at sea; putting into practice the theoretical knowledge acquired, as well as projecting the image of the Ecuadorian Navy in the ports they arrive at. (I)