The mayoress of Cartagena, Noelia Arroyo, this afternoon handed over the symbolic keys of Cartagena to the commander of the training ship Juan Sebastián Elcano, Manuel García Ruiz, so that another 20 years do not have to pass and so that the ship calls quickly at its port.
The handover took place during the ceremony of nomination of the Juan Sebastián Elcano cruise terminal with which Cartagena, its City Council and Port Authority, were pleased to join the V Centenary of the first circumnavigation of the earth, which was completed by the illustrious Basque sailor.
The event was well attended, despite the unpleasantness of the afternoon and the persistent drizzle. Some 1,400 people, including the public, guests and authorities, gathered just before 5 p.m. at the terminal, where the Juan Sebastián Elcano, which had come expressly for the occasion, had been berthed since the morning.
Among the authorities, the Admiral of Maritime Action, Juan Luis Sobrino Pérez-Crespo, the president of the Regional Assembly, Alberto Castillo, the mayoress, Noelia Arroyo, the advisor of the Presidency, Marcos Ortuño, the president of the Port Authority, Yolanda Muñoz, the rector of the UPCT, Beatriz Miguel, and the commander of the training ship, Manuel García Ruiz.
Throughout the ceremony, Admiral Sobrino recounted the exploits of Juan Sebastián Elcano and the vicissitudes he had to overcome in order to complete a voyage begun three years earlier by Magellan.
At the end, he highlighted the fact that the training ship returned to Cartagena after 20 years under the command of a Cartagena native, to whom he handed over the symbolic keys of the town.
The ceremony, which included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and a visit to part of the monument to Juan Sebastián Elcano by the sculptor Fernando Elorrieta, also included the playing of musical pieces, such as the Navy anthem and Gora Juan Sebastián Elcano, in Basque.
The parade of a mixed company of the Navy and the departure of the Juan Sebastián Elcano brought the tribute to a close.