Raúl Castro presides during Naval Academy’s 55th anniversary ceremony

raul-castro-academia-naval-cubaHavana, October 18 – On October 16, a ceremony was held to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Granma Naval Academy’s foundation, headed by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers.

At the proposal of the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Army General Leopoldo Cintra Frías, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba awarded the Antonio Maceo Order to the Granma Naval Academy, which was presented by Raúl.

During the ceremony, Brigade General Juan Pérez Gil, head of the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces Directorate, highlighted the teaching institution’s achievements realized over 55 years, in the education, development, training and preparation of Revolutionary Navy cadres and other Central State Administration Organizations.

“Their collective work has been distinguished by the continuous improvement of the educational process; efforts made in the formation of values; improving the living and work conditions of personnel; as well as its contribution to scientific and technical development, research and contribution to the modernization of military equipment,” Pérez Gil stated.

The emotions felt by teachers, researchers and students affiliated with the institution were expressed by young Lieutenant Commander and Technical Sciences Phd. Liván Lazo Porta, who reiterated the new generation of naval officers’ commitment to defending Cuba’s coasts stating, “Our seas will first be stained with blood, before an enemy ship disembarks on our shores. We remain ready to adjust the sails when necessary.”

As a symbolic gesture, Director of the Granma Naval Academy, Capitan Raúl Céspedes Enamorado, received a certificate signed by Army General Leopoldo Cintra Frías, Minister of the FAR, from Army General Álvaro López Miera, first vice minister of the FAR and chief of General Staff.

Admiral Carlos Alfonso Duque Ramos, head of the Revolutionary Navy, emphasized the positive results achieved by the institution in various inspections conducted by the International Maritime Organization and heads of MINFAR.

He also highlighted the Academy’s most recent achievements, among them the training of naval officers from different countries, such as Angola, Nicaragua, Namibia and Venezuela, the preparation of a faculty of 23 doctorates, 20 masters graduates, 29 specialists and 132 teachers, and the continuation of a Quality Management System, certified by the National Standards Bureau.

Also affiliated with the Academy – from which more than 7,000 students have graduated over half a century – are senior FAR and Ministry of the Interior officials.

Source: Granma International

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