Sunday June 18, 2023, on the occasion of the Grand Parade, the planes of the Patrouille de France flew over the Armada between Rouen and the Brotonn bridge, after 10 days of festivities, they made a formidable closing.
The Rouen Armada is the international gathering of exceptional sailboats and ships. Event “Armada d’Rouen” or “Armada de la Liberté” takes place every 4 to 6 years on the quays of the Seine in Rouen, capital of Normandy. On this occasion, visitors can stroll on the quays , visit sailboats, even without reservation and attend concerts in the evening.
This year, for 10 days, visitors were surprised to experience sublime moments of harmony and music from the Armada de Rouen, in the presence of various singers and officials from the Normandy region.
On the eve of the departure of the ships during the Grand Parade of the Armada Rouen 2023, Jean-Paul Rivière, its President, unveiled the first figures for this 8th edition.
The 44 ships and 2000 sailors of 11 different nationalities were welcomed in a joyful atmosphere, to convey the values of peace, tolerance and fraternity that this event represents.
This great popular festival, placed under the sign of the protection of
the environment, and in particular rivers and oceans, as well as maritime culture, exceeded all the expectations of the organizers.
The 44 ships, began to leave the site of the Armada one by one, from Saturday evening, those who had remained at anchor left the port of the Armada on Sunday until noon.
BIMA SUCI becomes a star before leaving the Armada in the public eye
The Indonesian ship “BIMA SUCI” offered an artistic show with its crew to the public present at the closing of the 8th edition.
The ship was built at the Spanish shipyard Construcciones Navales Paulino Freire (Freire Shipyard) in Vigo. Construction of the vessel began on November 16, 2015 with the first cut of a piece of steel and the vessel’s keel was laid down on January 27, 2016.
The launch took place on October 17, 2016 in the presence of Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, and Navy Commander Ade Supandi. The ship entered service on September 12, 2017.
For her maiden voyage, KRI Bima Suci left Spain on September 18, 2017. There were 119 naval academy cadets and 64 officers on board. On November 24, 2017, the ship arrived in Surabaya.
The advantages of the Bima Suci over its predecessor Dewaruci are more advanced means of navigation, desalination of sea water, modern means of communication and digital data transmission.
Santa Maria Manuela listed as Portuguese national heritage
The Santa Maria Manuela is now a training ship, listed as a Portuguese national heritage. This sailboat is chartered for cultural tourism and serves as a training ship by boarding 50 trainees in its fitted cabins.
Built in 1937 by the CFU of Lisbon on behalf of a fishing company, this vessel is one of the cod vessels of the Portuguese cod fleet on the banks of new land in Canada, like the Créoula. It will undergo many adjustments and modernizations in order to make it more efficient for fishing. In 1993, it was considered obsolete and was reborn in 2010 after a long restoration thanks to the Santa Maria Manuela Foundation, made up of numerous public institutions.
Santa Maria Manuela, left the Armada on Sunday June 18 and participated in it in 2013 and 2019.
STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL the Norwegian three-master with a thousand lives, which had already made the trip in 1999 and 2008 with the Armada
Impressive three-masted Norwegian boat, the Staatsraad Lehmkuhl had not come to Rouen (Seine-Maritime) for 15 years.
The 98-meter-long ship built in 1914 in Bremen, Germany, the Staatsraad Lehmkuhl participated in the 8th edition of the Armada de Rouen (Seine-Maritime). Twin to the Duchess Anne, with three master squares, she is now rigged as a three-master.
20th century ship and a century of history, has undergone multiple changes of ownership
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl survived two world wars and trained thousands of sailors. However, it was in Germany that she was born in 1914 as a training ship for the German merchant fleet, christened Grossherzog Friedrich August, before being captured by the English during the First World War.
It was then acquired by the association of school ships of Bergen in 1921 and renamed Staatsraad Lehmkuhl, which means Prime Minister Lehmkuhl, in homage to Kristopher Lehmkuhl who worked at the beginning of the 19th century for school ships.
But Nazi Germany seized Bergen in 1940 and its boat which it repainted black during the Second World War and renamed Westwarts.
The boat operated by the Stiftelsen Seilskipet Foundation, Statsraad Lehmkuhl still sails today under the Norwegian flag.
He left the Armada on Sunday where a boat throws water behind the ship, offering visitors a superb spectacle at the end of the 8th edition of the Armada.
At the same time, an air show was offered by the Patrouille de France, on the occasion of the closing of the Armada 2023 edition.
A new meeting scheduled for 2027 where we can see maritime vessels on the banks of the Seine in Rouen.
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