The Spanish Navy training ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano arrived at Apra Harbor at U.S. Naval Base Guam Feb. 26.
The Elcano was greeted by Commander, Joint Region Marianas Rear Adm. John
Menoni, Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio.
The Elcano’s visit commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Magellan-Elcano
circumnavigation. The current expedition will take naval training sailing
ships across the Atlantic to Argentina, through the Straits of Magellan, and
across the Pacific Ocean, passing Guam and the Philippines on their way back
to the Spanish port of Cádiz.
On March 6, 1521, Magellan arrived in Guam as part of the Spanish expedition
he organized in an effort to find a sea route to the East Indies.
Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan in the Philippine islands in
1521. The voyage was completed by Spanish explorer Juan Sebastian Elcano,
the ship’s namesake.
The four-masted Elcano is a training ship used for Spanish midshipmen. It is
the third-largest tall ship in the world and was built in 1927.
In September 2019, the Spanish Navy Frigate Mendez Nunez also ported at NBG
to retrace the Magellan-Elcano voyage.
(US Naval Guam News Release)