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S A F E T Y In the Navy An inside look at the role and responsibilities of México’s Navy By Fernando Rodríguez The Mexican Navy plays an important role in the Los Cabos region. Its port is pictured here. México is one of the largest countries in the world. It has more than 5,800 miles of coastline and an exclusive sea zone that extends 200 nautical miles off each coast to create a territory of more than 1 million square miles. Protecting these waters and the safety of those in México—residents and visitors—is the top priority of the nation’s Secretaria de Marina - Armada de México (secretary of the Navy and Mexican Navy), whose stated mission is “to use the naval force of the federation for external defense and to help with internal order.” The Mexican Navy plays an important role in the Los Cabos region. The Cabo San Lucas Naval Sector includes a Naval Station for search, rescue, and maritime 6 Los Cabos Magazine | Summer 2016 surveillance (ENSAR Los Cabos) that has a captain (comandante), three officials, eight vessel captains, 10 rescue swimmers, as well as administrative staff, who together oversee search and rescue operations 24 hours a day every day of the year. It warrants mentioning that since ENSAR Los Cabos’ inception in 2009, it has assisted in more than 1,000 maritime emergencies and saved the lives of 826 people. During any given emergency search and rescue call, it may cover up to 50 nautical miles, from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos on the Pacific Ocean side and to Punta Arena on the Sea of Cortés side. ENSAR Los Cabos can do a single search for up to five hours, using surface units. There’s one MLB boat (good for bad weather); two Defender-class, high-speed boats; and two wave runners. In order to protect human life at sea, the response time for meeting a maritime emergency is less than five minutes. The base is equipped with two Defender class boats, two inception boats, two high-speed aqua-motor boats, and two larger, unsinkable ships that help midshipmen maintain safety and security at all times in the seas surrounding Baja California Sur. The higher fuel capacity boats can go as far as 60 miles. (It also has three 4X4 trucks, one ambulance, and a larger truck for mass transporting of personnel and/or the local populace during emergencies.) The Naval Sector also has vehicles Francisco estrada


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