NEW LONDON, Conn. – The ARM Cuauhtémoc (kwawˈte.mok), tall ship of the Mexican Navy, will visit New London May 2-6. The ship will be open for tours, and its crew is expected to visit the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Mayor Michael Passero announced today.
A 270-foot barque built in 1982, the Cuauhtémoc serves as a training ship for the Mexican Navy. The vessel, commanded by Capt. Pedro Mata Cervantes, is scheduled to arrive May 2 at 10 a.m. following a sail training trip that began March 12 in Acapulco Guerrero, Mexico, its homeport. The ARM designation used before the name of the vessel refers to Armada Republica Mexicana. The ship set out on a journey that will include stops in 13 countries, including the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Before entering the harbor, the Cuauhtémoc will exchange the traditional 21-gun salute with the mobile saluting battery from Submarine Base New London, which will be positioned at Fort Trumbull to render honors. An informal welcoming flotilla is expected to be on hand to greet the ship, followed by a welcoming ceremony at City Pier with a musical greeting from the Coast Guard Band.
The Mexican cadets will visit the Coast Guard Academy where a variety of athletic and social events are planned. The Mexican Navy will also host a reception for invited guests on board the tall ship Monday evening.
The Cuauhtémoc will be open for public tours at City Pier Monday, May 2 from noon to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of that week.
“We’re starting our summer tourist season off with an international flair,” said the mayor. “It is an honor to host one of the world’s great tall ships, and I encourage all New Londoners and everyone, really, to come and tour the ship while she’s in port.”