Come Set Foot On An Authentic Naval Ship
Tired of doing the same old trip to the mall during the weekend? Here’s a more interesting weekend activity — visiting Mexican Navy ship Cuauhtémoc, which is now docked at VivoCity’s port as part of a goodwill visit.
The training vessle arrived on Wednesday morning (Jul 19) as part of a Centenary of the Constitution journey across the globe to commemorate the 100 years since Mexico’s political constitution came into play.
Keep Calm And Anchor Up
The ship arrived at the port outside VivoCity amid much fanfare, and was a sight to behold with almost 100 of its cadets standing on its 3 masts.
Captain Rafael Antonio Lagunes Arteaga told Channel NewsAsia in an interview that Singapore is “a very important port” for the ship, citing its journey as instructive.
He also said that it was a big challenge for them as sailors to travel to the region, as they came from a “faraway country and don’t get a lot of opportunities to relieve such experiences”.
The crew, which has an average age of 24, comprises 9 senior officers, 44 officers, 43 cadets and 122 enlisted personnel.
They will be playing hosts to their Singaporean counterparts for cocktails and meals, as well as visiting one of the RSAF’s naval bases and boarding a vessel.
The ARM (Armada Republic Mexicana) Cuauhtémoc was named after the last Mexica Hueyi Tlatoani (ruler) Cuauhtémoc, who was captured and executed in 1525.
Built as the last of four sister ships by the Naval Shipyards of Spain, she acts as a sailing ambassador for her country and frequents ports around the world.
Since her commissioning in 1982, the ARM Cuauhtémoc has traveled over 700 000 nautical miles and forged 34 generations of cadets for Mexico.
Come On Board
Some Singaporeans have already visited the ship, and shared photos of what we can expect to see.
The ship is open to the public until Sunday (Jul 23), from 10am to 6pm.
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