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U.S. Southern Command sponsors Uruguay Navy Academy Orientation Visit

Office of Defense Cooperation sends 17 Uruguayan Naval students to Washington DC area

March 16, 2004


From March 6 to 13, the senior class of 17 students and one Lieutenant of the Naval Academy of Uruguay flew to the United States for an orientation visit.

The visit was sponsored by U.S. Southern Command Traditional Commander Activity and arranged by the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo.

On March 8 and 9, the students attended the U.S. Naval Academy. The purpose of the visit was to expose the midshipmen of Uruguay to U.S. navy professional education, history, doctrines, and training techniques of the 4,000 midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy. While in the Washington D.C. area, the UY midshipmen also met Uruguay’s Ambassador to the U.S. Hugo Fernandez-Faingold, and had dinner with the Superintendent of the Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Rempt and with the Uruguayan Naval Attaché Captain Olivera and Rear Admiral Carlos Magliocca.

The midshipmen traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, March 10 to 13, where they visited a Fighter Squadron (F/18 hornets) and naval vessels in the harbor. The highlight of the visit was when the midshipmen were placed in a simulator at the Marine Safety International. In the simulator, the students practiced getting underway at sea and docking in port.



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