Chile’s naval training ship visits Busan to bolster friendly exchanges
The Chilean Navy’s Training Ship Esmeralda is visiting the Republic of Korea from Oct. 4 to 8.
This occasion constituted a source of personal satisfaction for me, because it brought back memories which stretch back in time along my diplomatic career. I had already received the vessel and its crew in different capacities in New York (1986), Wellington (1993), Singapore (1995), Bali (2002), Singapore again in 2012 and Busan in 2016.
I often say that this magnificent ship has been present in some of the most important phases of my diplomatic life.
However, the influence of the Esmeralda for the development of the ties of friendship and the growth of mutual understanding with the countries visited during its journeys around the world is of much greater significance.
Sometimes the Esmeralda is given the name of “Chile’s Ambassador” and this is not an overstatement. As Chilean diplomats, we are keenly aware of the significance of a port call of this imposing training ship and its crew of men and women of the sea.
Its presence and the activities carried out by our naval representatives greatly contribute to strengthen our relations with the countries where we are based, as well as their people.
As the ship is open to visits, the knowledge of the local population regarding Chile is also increased.
It was a gratifying occasion to receive the Esmeralda and her crew once again.
My mission as Chilean Ambassador to the Republic of Korea was enhanced by their stay. The already excellent relations between the Republic of Korea and Chile and the cordial ties of friendship between their peoples were greatly favored by their presence in the beautiful city of Busan.
The Chilean Navy training ship Esmeralda enters a berth at the Republic of Korea Naval Operations Command in Busan, Oct. 4. The ship is on a five-day visit as part of exchanges between the militaries of the two countries. The 113-meter-long, 13.11-meter-wide sailing ship has 314 crew members, including 97 officers.