The Port of Cartagena, next Tuesday afternoon, will host a military ceremony to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the arrival in Spain of the illustrious sailor Juan Sebastián de Elcano, aboard the ship ‘Victoria’, after completing the first circumnavigation of the world.
This celebration of the 5th centenary of the first circumnavigation of the globe recalls the Spanish naval expedition, made up of five ships and 239 men, which set sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda on 20 September 1519, with the ‘Victoria’ sailing on 6 September 1522, three years later, under the command of Juan Sebastián de Elcano with 17 other survivors on board.
This episode marked the end of a great feat for humanity, as it represented the first notion of physical globalisation of the world. The ceremony will be presided over by the Admiral for Maritime Action, Vice Admiral Juan Luis Sobrino Pérez-Crespo, who will be accompanied by various civilian and military authorities.
The participating force will be made up of a brass squadron, a brass band, bugles and drums, and three sections of troops and sailors. During the ceremony, a tribute will be paid to those who gave their lives for Spain and the Admiral of Maritime Action will address a few words to those present.
Afterwards, the Navy anthem will be followed by a parade of the force. During the ceremony, the second part of the monument dedicated to Juan Sebastián de Elcano, which was inaugurated last March, will be unveiled.