At the foot of the gunboat Abdón Calderón, protagonist of the heroic deed of Jambelí, 77 years ago, the Military Parade was developed in his honor and for the National Navy Day.
The parade, in which 900 uniformed participated, began with the departure of the National Pavilion and the entry of the platoons. Rear Admiral, directing the naval parade, was Rear Admiral Daniel Ginez, commander of Naval Operations; behind him appeared the squad of the Command of the Naval Superior School ‘Comandante Rafael Morán Valverde’, who greeted the rostrum.
Followed by the block of Pavilions of the Ecuadorian Navy, made up of the standards and escorts of the Navy General Command, the Naval Operations Command, the Navy Logistics Directorate, the Command of the Naval Squadron.
With them appeared the Marine Infantry Corps, the Coastguard Command, the Submarine Command, the Naval High School, the Qualification and Improvement School, the Grumete School, the Naval Aviation Command.
Also participating were the Naval High School Commander ‘Rafael Morán Valverde’ with his platoon command, pennants, two rifle platoons and the women’s rifle platoon.
At the bus stop, the “Contramaestre Juan Suárez” Grumetes School participated with its command platoon, pennants and two small units; and the squad of squads of the Naval Academy of Guayaquil commander Rafael Andrade Lalama.
The platoons of the Naval Squad, made up of flags, the platoon commando, the squad of Subaltern Officers, the female Subaltern officers and two platoons of riflemen were present.
Also involved are the Support Force Battalion, the flags of the Logistics Directorate, and rifle platoons; and the battalion of the Marine Corps.
Renán Ruiz Cornejo, commander-in-chief of the Navy and María Alejandra Vicuña, vice-president of the Republic, gave the speeches before the military parade.
Renan Ruiz Cornejo, commander-in-chief of the Navy, referred to the incorporation, in October of 2017, of two patrol boats to the Navy, and indicated that eight tactical vehicles arrived in the country last week and will be integrated into the activities that are being developed. in Esmeraldas, in the north of Ecuador.
María Alejandra Vicuña, Vice President of the Republic, said that the city of Guayaquil, which today celebrates 483 years of the founding process, is eager for the effort of people who are willing to give their all.
He also made reference to the fact that tomorrow, July 26, one more year will be remembered of the meeting between Simón Bolívar and San Martín, two greats of Latin American history, as well as the victory in Jambelí’s naval combat.
In the tribune of honor erected in the Jambelí Naval Civic Complex, in front of the Calderón Cañonero, the vice president and other civilian and military authorities of the country preside over the parade.
The decorations were made to the Naval Merit Commander Rafael Morán Valverde in the Grand Cross degree, and posthumous decorations were given to relatives of deceased sailors.
Also recognized was the four sailors killed by the attack on a Mataje checkpoint, on March 20: NCO Luis Alfredo Mosquera Borja, second corporal Jairon Estiven Sandoval Bajaña, sailor Sergio Jordán Elaje Cedeño, and the infant of Marina Cabo Wilmer Álvarez Pimentel.
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Earlier, at 07:30, the raising of the flags of Ecuador, Guayaquil and the National Navy, while singing the National Anthem of Ecuador, began the first commemorative act for the 77th anniversary of the Naval Combat of Jambelí and the Day of the National Navy.
The award was given to the naval merit Comandante Rafael Morán Valverde, hero of the combat, to the sailors Carlos Guzmán Mata, Danilo Bolaños Barahona, Diego Echeverría Armijos, Christian Orquera Guerrero, Magno Bermeo Reyes and Roberto Tola Zambrano.
Likewise, military merit awards were granted, in the degree of ‘Caballero’ for having eight years of operational distribution to eleven sailors; and by professional merit to other 19 officers of the Navy. At the foot of the ‘Calderón gunboat’ were placed five floral offerings.
César Pérez Córdova attended the Government; by the Municipality of Guayaquil was the general secretary Martha Herrera; and, on behalf of Asomar were José Ahtty Morales and César Viteri Rodríguez. With the Hymn of the Navy, in the voices of more than a hundred sailors, it was concluded at 08:07 the military act of the first activities. (I)