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HMS Argyll hosts Prince Charles and Colombian president Santos in Cartagena

Wednesday, November 5th 2014 - 21:37 UTC
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Prince Charles and President Santos meet the frigate's officers before the evening's sunset ceremony (Pic RN) Prince Charles and President Santos meet the frigate's officers before the evening's sunset ceremony (Pic RN)

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, accompanied by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and First Lady Maria Clemencia Rodriguez, visited Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll alongside in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on Friday, 31 October. The party were introduced to members of the ship’s company and witnessed an evening sunset ceremony.

 During his speech to the assembled guests, the Commanding Officer of HMS Argyll, Commander Hammond said: “It is a great honor for me to bring HMS Argyll and my ship’s company to Cartagena and further strengthen the good relationship between our countries.

”It is also an honor to be included in their Royal Highness’ visit to Colombia and to welcome them and the President and First Lady onboard.”

The evening, which was wet and windy throughout, came to a close with the Ceremonial Sunset. President Santos took the salute as the White Ensign was lowered.

During the visit to further develop the working relationship between the Royal Navy and the Colombian Navy, sailors from HMS Argyll visited the Colombian ship ARC Almirante Padilla.

Argyll’s football team played a friendly but competitive game against a team from the Colombian host ship.

Colombian Navy sailors also visited HMS Argyll, to gain a deeper understanding of how the ship operates and to learn more about the successful Hurricane Relief and Counter Narcotics work that HMS Argyll has carried out in conjunction with the US Coast Guard to enhance regional security and deter illicit activity during her deployment.

The frigate provides support to the UK’s British Overseas Territories and other islands during the hurricane season.

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  • Britworker

    Well it would seem finally that things are starting to change in South America. Clearly, Colombia has no concerns about hosting the hated British and the Royal Navy even though it has been expressly forbidden by Argentina. It's nice to see at least one Latam country not having their foreign policy dictated by others.

    Nov 05th, 2014 - 10:43 pm 0
  • ilsen

    Hurrah! Congratulations Colombia! Well done to all involved!

    Venezuela take note.

    Nov 05th, 2014 - 10:56 pm 0
  • paulcedron

    this is pour la gallery.
    the real thing is:

    Colombia reitera apoyo a Argentina sobre conflicto Malvinas

    and these nabos shout viva

    Nov 05th, 2014 - 11:24 pm 0
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