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Portuguese naval ship open to public

The Portuguese navy ship "Sagres" The Portuguese navy ship "Sagres"

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Portuguese navy ship, Sagres is in the islands. The Sagres is currently on an 11-month sail around the world and it docked in Honolulu Wednesday.

The Sagres was built in 1937 and has been used by the Portuguese Navy as an ambassador ship. There are 200 people from across the world on the ship and have been using the world tour as a training program. The training focuses on navigation and seamanship skills, along with cultural understanding amongst the cadets from other countries.

The ship figures prominently in Portuguese sailing history and its crew members want to be able to share it with everyone around the world. This is the Sagres third worldwide tour, the last tour was in 1984. Lieutenant Pereira Eusebio is excited to be in Hawaii and is excited to open the Sagres ship to the public.

"If they come and visit and they have a good time, for us it is wonderful because this is another mission of our system, to give the ship to the people for them to see, for them to know our work."

The public will be given an opportunity to hop on board the Sagres throughout the Fourth of July weekend and will be able to interact with the crew members. Visitors can visit the ship from 10:00 AM through noon, 2:00 – 6:00 PM , and 8:00 – 11:00 PM.

As part of the ships tour around the world, it will be partaking in several international commemoration celebrations. The Sagres leaves Hawaiian waters on Monday, July 5th and will be headed towards Japan for the 500 year commemoration of peace, friendship and commerce treaty between Portugal and Japan.

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