BAP Union: The “Jewel” of Peru’s Navy Visits France

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Peru’s ambassador ship the BAP Union is taking a 5-day break from sailing the world in the port of Le Havre, France.

Peru ought to be proud of its globe-trotting training vessel.  

Not only is the BAP Union Latin America’s largest sail vessel at a whopping 18 stories high, it also recently won an international competition in which ships from the United States, Ecuador, and Chile also competed.

Beginning on Monday, August 14, the BAP Union will be docked in the port of Le Havre, France for 5 days. reports that the boat serves to train 83 naval school cadets between 19 and 22 years old.  However, it is also powerfully symbolic as it journeys around the world improving the image of the Andean nation.

Construction began and was completed during the presidency of Ollanta Humala, who in 2016 commissioned it into service.

The boat also flourishes a bronze sculpture of the great Inca Tupac Yupanqui, who was known for his navigation exploits in the Pacific Ocean.

After the visit in France, the BAP Union will continue sailing the world as Peru’s ambassador on the high seas.

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Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.