Romanian Navy’s training ship Mircea will enter repairs on a shipyard in the sea port of Constanta, after participating in the Navy Day (August 15) celebrations, says National Defence Minister Mircea Dusa.
“We have a special responsibility to the brig [the ship traditionally called this way is actually a three-mast barque – editor’s note] Mircea. Last year, we had in mind to perform repairs worth one million lei, and we have replaced the ropes and sails. Soon after the Navy Day, it will enter repairs in a Constanta shipyard, we’ll allocate another million lei, I believe; I should see the specialists’ assessments regarding these repairs. The point is we shall allocate this money to complete repairs on brig Mircea this year,” said Dusa, at the ceremony organized on the occasion of the arrival of Mircea in the Constanta Port, after participating in a training march.
According to the minister, a larger sum of money has been allocated this year to the practical training of the military.
“We organize, every year, a training march with the brig Mircea, and this year it turns 76 since it has entered the Romanian Navy service. This year’s march was longer, it lasted 40 days and it was longer in distance, also because we have assigned a larger amount of money to the practical training of our military, students and pupils with the NCOs military school. We have allotted 220,000 euros and indeed the commanders reported the money was enough and conditions throughout of the march were special,” said Dusa, according to Agerpres.
The training ship Mircea docked on Monday in the Military Port of Constanta, after a practical training march in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
The sailing ship with a crew of 157, of whom 29 students with the Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy and 52 pupils with the NCOs military school Admiral Ion Murgescu, carried out since July 1 its international annual march of – approximately 4,600 nautical miles this time – with stopovers in the ports of Civitavecchia (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Marseille (France), and Bar (Montenegro).
This year, 13 cadets from Bulgaria, China, Greece, Poland and Turkey have trained onboard Mircea to gain new professional skills and seamanship.