Just for fun, I thought I would show you what I saw from shore Saturday morning.
We are used to seeing the small fishing boats and the occasional larger shrimp boats with the booms near the shore. We are too far north of Manta and even farther from Guayaquil to see the cruise ships, large cargo ships, and military ships that often dock there. Occasionally we will see these larger ships barely on the horizon or at night we can sometimes see their lights.
So, being a former United States Navy Sailor, I was intrigued with the ship I saw from the shore on Saturday. I zoomed in as closely as I could and held the camera as still as possible and got the following photos:
You can see that the ship is making pretty good speed by the wake visible from so far.
When I zoomed in closely on the second picture I noticed a hull marking of CM14. A quick internet search lists CM14 as El Oro of the Esmeralda Class helicopter carrier patrol boats. The ships are described as being, “Very powerful and fast, Esmeraldas are the main strength of the Armada de Ecuador. They were designed and built in Italy, basically similar to the Iraqi Assad Class.”
This is an official US Navy photo of, “El Oro”:
It might have been a simple coincidence, but the boat was patrolling parallel to this suspicious looking couple I saw walking on the beach at the same time?!?
Hello Joe and Nancy!
Posted by John