The Simón Bolívar Training Ship began this Saturday a tour of the Caribbean Sea of Venezuela as part of the preparations to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo.
“Our Bolivarian military youth has set sail to navigate the immensity of our blue Venezuela… Heading for the bicentennial of the Naval Battle of the Lake,” reported the Minister of People’s Power for Defense, Vladimir Padrino Lopez.
Through his social media account, @vladimirpadrino, also the Sector Vice President for Sovereignty and Peace, wished “Good wind and good sea aboard the Simón Bolívar Training Ship!” #NavigandoAlBicentenario
Our Bolivarian military youth has set sail to navigate the immensity of our blue Venezuela… Heading for the bicentennial of the Naval Battle of the Lake. Good wind and good sea aboard the Simón Bolívar School Ship! #NavigandoAlBicentenario pic.twitter.com/8utxxsjrRA
– Vladimir Padrino L. (@vladimirpadrino) May 21, 2022
The naval combat of Lake Maracaibo took place on July 24, 1823 in the lacustrine waters of Lake Maracaibo, between a squadron of the Spanish Squadron, commanded by the ship captain Ángel Laborde y Navarro, and an insurgent squadron commanded by the Colombian Jose Prudencio Padillaelevated to the rank of Rear Admiral by General Simon Bolivar, special reference published by the Bolivarian Navy.
The confrontation took place to achieve naval supremacy on the Venezuelan coast and the Spanish forces were defeated.
The consequence of this defeat was the political independence of the so-called Tierra Firme (Atlantic Colombia, Venezuela and Guayana) under the name of Gran Colombia, which also included Pacific Colombia and the current Ecuador and Panama.