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Fragata Libertad

The Commanding Officer of ARA LIBERTAD is Captain Jorge Bergallo and her crew numbers over 290 in all, including 25 officers, 74 midshipmen, 188 ratings, members of other Argentine services and young officers from other navies. Every year the Frigate is host to over 10 officers from foreign countries.

 

The ship last visited the UK in September 2000 when she called at Southampton Port and had previously visited London in 1995 and 1999. In August 1998 she was invited by the Royal Navy to participate in the International Festival of the Sea in Portsmouth, where she became one of the major attractions of the event.

 

This full rigged ship was ordered for the Argentine Navy in 1956 and was constructed in Rio Santiago, Buenos Aires. In 1963 she was commissioned into the navy as a sail training ship and her first voyage took place on June 19th of the same year. Since then she has completed 35 voyages, visiting 486 ports in more than 60 countries and sailing a total of 735,000 miles.

 

In 1966 ARA LIBERTAD obtained the Great Medal Prize when establishing a world record for Big Sailing Ships crossing the Atlantic, In 1998 she was awarded the American Sail Regatta Prize and was eight times winner of the Boston Teapot tropsy awarded by the International Sail Training Association,

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Uploaded on February 25, 2007